Football legend Pelé reportedly begins end-of-life care in hospital 1 month ago

Football legend Pelé reportedly begins end-of-life care in hospital

Pelé is no longer responding to chemotherapy treatment, reports state.

Brazilian football legend Pelé has reportedly "been moved to palliative care" in hospital and is "no longer responding to chemotherapy", reports on Saturday suggested.

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Brazilian media have claimed that the 82-year-old, who went into hospital last week as he continues to battle bowel cancer, is receiving measures to relieve pain in an "end-of life palliative care" ward.

Pelé was admitted into the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo in Brazil on Tuesday suffering from "general swelling" and "heart failure", but an update on Thursday said he was in a "stable" condition.

His daughter, Kely, insisted at the time that there was "no cause for alarm".

On Saturday, Folha de Sao Paulo reported that the three-time World Cup winner is no longer responding to the chemotherapy treatment he has been undergoing since last September.

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They further reported that Pelé is in palliative care and will not be subjected to invasive tests or treatment.

Pelé - whose full name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento - is regarded by many as the greatest footballer of all time.

He scored 77 times in 92 games for Brazil and won World Cups with the country in 1958, 1962 and 1970,

For his Brazilian club, Santos, Pelé scored 643 goals in 659 official matches.

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On Friday, the Albert Einstein Hospital released a statement saying Pelé had been diagnosed with a "respiratory infection" that was being treated with antibiotics, adding that he was expected to remain in hospital for a few days.

In a post on Instagram on Friday, Pelé responded to a "Get well soon" message that was projected onto a building in Qatar, where the World Cup is currently taking place, writing:

"Friends, I am at the hospital making my monthly visit. It's always nice to receive positive messages like this.

"Thanks to Qatar for this tribute, and to everyone who sends me good vibes."

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