Family members of the legendary Brazilian soccer player Pele are meeting at the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo, where he has resided since the end of November.
Doctors said earlier this week that Pele's disease had progressed, and the three-time World Cup champion is receiving "intensive care" for "kidney and heart dysfunctions." There have been no other hospital remarks made since.
Edson Cholbi Nascimento, also known as Edinho, is one of Pele's kids. He arrived on Saturday, one day after denying in a press conference that he would see his father in the hospital. Edinho, who works for a soccer club in southern Brazil, stated at the time that doctors could only help his father.
Kely Nascimento, one of Pele's daughters, posted on Instagram a picture of herself sitting next to Edinho and two of his children at the hospital, "He (Edson) is here." "I will not leave, and no one will remove me from this location."
Edinho, a former goalkeeper for Santos, later uploaded a photo of himself holding his father's hand.
"Dad, my strength is yours," stated Pele's kid.
Pele, also known as Edson Arantes do Nascimento, had a colon tumor removed in September 2021. His family and the hospital have not disclosed whether cancer has spread to other organs.
Kely Nascimento and her sister Flavia Arantes do Nascimento posted an undated photo of Pele clutching Kely's hand. At the same time, he lay in a hospital bed, and Flavia slept on a couch on Friday night using their social media accounts.
"With faith, we continue to be present in this fight. Another night shared, "Kely Nascimento authored the text.
The hospital has not reported any symptoms of Pele's previous respiratory infection, which was exacerbated by the COVID-19 virus.
Last weekend, Folha de So Paulo newspaper stated that Pele's chemotherapy was ineffective and that physicians had opted to place him in palliative care. The Pele family disputed the rumor.
Pele led Brazil to victory in 1958, 1962, and 1970 World Cups, and he remains the team's all-time leader in goals scored with 77. Neymar tied Pele's World Cup record during the most recent tournament.