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Pele recovering well after 'little step back', says daughter

Xinhua | Updated: 2021-09-18 09:11
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Brazilian football legend Pele [Photo/Agencies]

RIO DE JANEIRO - Pele is recovering well after surgery to remove a tumor from his colon, his daughter said on Friday.

Kely Nascimento took to social media to post a photograph with her father sitting up in a hospital bed after reports circulated that the 80-year-old was readmitted to intensive care.

"I don't know what is going on with the rumors out there but my DMs are booming," Nascimento wrote.

"There's already a lot of anxiety roaming the world these days and we don't want to be the reason for more. This photo was taken just now. He is wearing a vest because ... the cold in Sao Paulo bothers him.

"He is recovering well and within normal range. Promise! Yesterday he was tired and took a little step back. Today he took two forwards!"

Pele underwent surgery at Sao Paulo's Albert Einstein hospital on September 4 after the tumor was found during routine tests. He was moved from intensive care to a private room on Tuesday.

The three-time World Cup winner has battled a series of health problems over the past decade, including complications related to hip replacement surgery as well as kidney and prostate conditions.

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