Brazilian soccer legend Pele, 80, was briefly transferred again to an intensive care unit Friday after struggling respiration difficulties however is now steady, mentioned the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, the place he underwent surgical procedure earlier this month.
The switch was a brief “preventative measure,” the hospital mentioned in a press release, including that the sporting nice was later transferred to “semi-intensive care” as he continues to get well from surgical procedure for a suspected colon tumor.
“He is currently stable from a cardiovascular and respiratory point of view,” it added.
Shortly afterwards, the ex-footballer posted a message on social media stating: “Friends, I am still recovering very well. Today I received visits from family and I am still smiling every day.”
Pele’s daughter Kely Nascimento additionally posted a photograph of herself subsequent to her father within the hospital, searching for to cheer up his followers.
“This is the normal recovery scenario for a man his age. After an operation like this, sometimes you take two steps forward, one step back,” Nascimento wrote on Instagram subsequent to the picture.
“Yesterday he was tired and he took a step back. Today, he has taken two steps forward,” she added.
In the picture, Pele is seen on what seems like a hospital mattress in a black puff vest or jacket, alert and smiling.
“He is recovering well, under normal conditions, I promise!” Nascimento added. “There is a lot of angst in the world these days and we don’t want to add to it.”
On September 6 the hospital mentioned Pele had undergone surgical procedure for a suspected colon tumor.
He initially left the ICU unit on Tuesday, telling his followers on social media that he was feeling happier by the day and was trying ahead to reuniting with them.
The suspected tumor was detected throughout routine assessments, in line with the hospital, the place Pele has been present process therapy since August 31.
Considered by many to be the best footballer of all time, Pele, whose actual identify is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, has been sick in recent times, and has had varied stints within the hospital.
The solely participant in historical past to win three World Cups (1958, 1962 and 1970), Pele burst onto the worldwide stage at simply 17 with dazzling objectives, together with two within the ultimate in opposition to hosts Sweden, as Brazil received the World Cup for the primary time in 1958.
Four years later, Pele gave a tantalizing glimpse of his capability with an electrical particular person objective in opposition to Mexico in Brazil’s opening 2-0 win.
“O Rei” (The King) went on to have one of the vital storied careers in sport, scoring greater than 1,000 objectives earlier than retiring in 1977.