Pele recovering well after 'little step back', says daughter
Sep 18, 2021
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Sep 18: Pele is recovering well after surgery to remove a tumor from his colon, his daughter said on Friday.
KelyNascimento 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.