82-Year-Old Brazilian Football Legend Pele Hospitalized Amid Cancer Battle


Brazilian football legend Pele was taken into hospital on Tuesday in Sao Paulo in a visit that was not scheduled.

Pele was taken into the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, by his wife Marcia Aoki and a caregiver on Tuesday, according to ESPN Brazil. They state that he arrived unscheduled due to swelling all over his body, unlike previously scheduled visits.

The 82-year-old has been in and out of the hospital regularly in recent years. He underwent surgery to remove a tumor on his colon in September 2021 and spent a period in intensive care but has been undergoing chemotherapy in the time since.

ESPN’s report states that medical staff identified ‘decompensated heart failure’ when attempting to diagnose Pele’s swelling, with the legend arriving ‘restless and confused.’ It is also said he now struggles to feed himself.

Further tests are being carried out on November 30 to properly assess his condition, with no indication of a potential discharge. They hope to identify the organs compromised by cancer in their testing, with his body not responding to chemotherapy.