Pele’s relatives at his hospital bed on Christmas

Pele has been hospitalized since the end of November in Sao Paulo, and spent Christmas Eve surrounded by his loved ones. The 82-year-old former footballer suffers from colon cancer discovered in September 2021, and his doctors reported, on Wednesday, that he had developed cancer in addition to kidney and heart failure.

On Saturday Christmas Eve, Pele’s relatives met the Brazilian legend, who remains in hospital.

After midnight in Brazil, Kelly Nascimento, one of Pele’s daughters, posted a photo on Instagram showing the former footballer’s current wife, Marcia Aoki, and other family members in the Albert Einstein Hospital, where the former footballer is hospitalized, but without him. “Almost everyone. Merry Christmas. Gratitude, love, union, family. The essence of Christmas. Thank you all for all the love and light you’ve sent us,” Kelly Nascimento wrote.

Avik Edenio, Flavia and Kelly Nascimento

His son Edinho had earlier posted a photo on the same social network where he took Pele’s hand, with the caption: “Dad, my strength is with you.” Edinho, the technical director of Londrina Football Club, joined two of his sisters, Flavia and Kelly Nascimento, who have been frequently with Pele in recent days, at the Albert Einstein Hospital on Saturday.

Edinho made the trip despite having apologized the day before for not being able to stay with his father. “I would like to be here, but today I have obligations here. I’m not a doctor, I can’t be of much help,” he told Estadao daily on Friday.

Concern is growing in Brazil about the health of King Pele. And the football legend’s relatives gathered at his bedside on Saturday, December 24, according to a number of posts on social media. The 82-year-old former athlete, who suffers from colon cancer, has been hospitalized in Sao Paulo (Brazil) since the end of November. On Wednesday, his doctors reported a “progression” of cancer, as well as “kidney and heart failure”.

Just after midnight (local time), one of Pele’s daughters posted a photo on Instagram, showing the Brazilian’s wife and other family members, huddled together at the Albert-Einstein Hospital. “Almost everyone. Merry Christmas. Gratitude, love, union, family. The essence of Christmas. Thank you all for all the love and light you’ve sent us,” Kelly Nascimento wrote in the caption of this photo.

Dad, my strength is with you.

Another Pele child, Edinho, had previously posted a photo on the same social network. He wrote: “Father, my strength is with you.”

Pele was hospitalized on November 29 with a respiratory infection after being infected with the Covid-19 virus, as well as a re-evaluation of his cancer treatment. The person considered by many to be the greatest footballer of all time has received many messages of support since his admission to the hospital. And the star of the French soccer team, Kylian Mbappe, called in particular to “pray for the king.”

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