Pele: Each day I’m doing better after colon surgery

Sao Paulo, Sep 19 (EFE).- Brazilian soccer icon Edson Arante do Nascimento – known worldwide as “Pele” – is continuing with his recovery in the hospital and on Sunday said that “Every day is better: after undergoing surgery to remove a tumor from his colon.

“As you can see, I’m throwing punches in the air to celebrate that every day I’m doing better,” said the three-time World Cup winner (1958, 1962, 1970), age 80, on his Instagram profile.

Pele accompanied his message with a photo showing him seated in a chair with his fists in the air in a corridor of Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein Hospital, where he was admitted on Aug. 31 and underwent surgery on Sept. 4 after doctors found a suspicious tumor in his colon.

The former striker for Santos and Cosmos spent several days in the intensive care unit after the surgery after he suffered “brief respiratory instability” but shortly thereafter he was transferred to a regular room,.

“A good attitude is the best medicine and I have an oversupply of that. I couldn’t be any different. It’s because of the love that I’ve received that my heart is so full of gratitude,” said the soccer great, considered by many to be the best player in history.

The health of “The King” has deteriorated in recent years due to assorted problems with his back, hip and knee that have reduced his mobility considerably and forced him to undergo surgery several times. In addition, Pele has also suffered from serious kidney problems.


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