Brazilian football legend, Pele, is recovering well despite reports that he has returned to the intensive care unit of Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Late on Friday, reports in Brazil claimed that Pele was rushed to the intensive care unit few days after he was discharged from the unit.
Due to the report, Pele had to go on Instagram to tell his followers that he is smiling every day and he is recovering well.
“My friends, I am still recovering very well. Today I received visits from family members and I continue to smile every day. Thank you for all the love I get from you,” Pele wrote on his verified Instagram page.
Recall that Pele went for a regular medical examination in late August 2021 and it was discovered that a tumor was growing in his right colon.
Hence, he had to undergo surgery for the tumor to be removed. The 80-year-old Brazilian football icon stayed at the intensive care unit for days before he was discharged on Tuesday.
Initially, Pele ought to leave the hospital before this weekend but had to stay a little bit longer.
In reaction to the report that Pele had been taken back to the intensive care unit, his daughter, Kely Nascimento took to Instagram to confirm that the three times FIFA World Cup winner had a setback in his recovering process but his health status has improved.
She posted a picture of the 80-year-old Brazilian football icon sitting on a hospital bed and wrote in the caption that Pele is experiencing a “normal recovery scenario”.
“There’s already a lot of anxiety roaming the world these days and we don’t want to be the reason for more,” she wrote on Instagram.
“This photo was taken just now. He is wearing a vest because he is Santista and the cold in SP bothers him! He is recovering well and within the normal range. Promise!
“He doesn’t like it when I say this so please don’t tell him but he is an O’Keefe (sic) gentleman. The normal recovery scenario for a man of his age, after an operation like this, is sometimes two steps forward and one step back.
“Yesterday (Thursday) he was tired and took a little step back. Today he took two forwards! I want to thank again, and always, the brilliant team here at Einstein and even more gratitude for all of the good energy that you are transmitting.”