The renowned Brazilian footballer Pele “has been relocated to palliative care” and is “no longer responding to chemotherapy” in his fight against intestinal cancer. Local media in Brazil state that the 82-year-old receives pain medication in a specialized ‘end-of-life palliative care’ ward after being admitted to the hospital last week.
Brazilian footballer Pele in palliative care, no longer responding to chemotherapy for cancer
The French star Kylian Mbappe, his old club Santos, and his former teammate Rivaldo have all received good wishes from fans all over the world thanks to the power of social media. After he was admitted to the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Tuesday for treatment of heart failure and “general edema,” he passed away on Thursday.
His daughter Kely reassured the public on Thursday that there was “no cause for alarm,” and an update said the three-time World Cup winner was in “stable” condition at the hospital. But on Saturday, Folha de Sao Paulo claimed that Pele’s colon cancer has stopped responding to the treatment he’s been undergoing since last September.
After placing him in palliative care, the physicians decided to stop performing any additional invasive treatments. The word “palliative care” refers to the specialized medical treatment provided to patients at the end of life who are struggling with a terminal illness. Known by his stage name Pele, the Brazilian soccer legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento is widely regarded as the sport’s most outstanding player of all time.
He led Brazil to three World Cup victories (1958, 1962, and 1970) as captain and scored 643 goals in 659 career games with Santos. He was a member of his country’s team for 92 games, scoring 77 goals.