Pelé’s daughters, Flavia and Kely Nascimento, explained how the 82-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital to treat a respiratory infection that worsened with Covid.
Pele was admitted to the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo on Tuesday, but his daughters insist he is “not at risk” despite reports that he is in “hospice care”.
Flavia and Kely said Pele is getting the help he needs and even revealed how the 82-year-old had been watching Brazil at the 2022 World Cup.
Kely and Flavia and Arthur Arantes do Nascimento said in an interview broadcast on Sunday night that Pele, who is also receiving chemotherapy in his fight against cancer, is expected to leave the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo once he recovers from complete respiratory infection. Neither the family nor the hospital have forecasts in this regard.
The hospital said on Saturday that Pele was responding well to treatment for the infection and that his condition had not worsened in the last 24 hours. The hospital did not issue any statement on the state of health of the former soccer player this Sunday.
Speaking to Fantastico, Kely said: ‘About three weeks ago he got Covid. He is vaccinated, with all the vaccines, but because of the cancer medicine, the chemotherapy, which is fragile, gave him a lung infection.
That’s why he went to the hospital, because of the lung infection. Are you serious? It is serious, because she is of a certain age, she is treating cancer.
Pelé was hospitalized after contracting a respiratory infection following a Covid diagnosis
Flavia went on to explain how the hospital was the best place for Pele to receive the care he needed, but insisted that the 82-year-old was “not in ICU.”
She said: ‘In the hospital, you are better cared for. But he’s not in ICU, he’s in a normal room. So he’s not at risk. As a person with more delicate health, it is better to be in the hospital.’
Flavia went on to say that it was “unfair to talk about her palliative treatment.” She told Fantastico: ‘It’s very unfair to start talking about her being in a terminal state, with palliative treatment.
Pelé is one of the best soccer players of all time and won three World Cups with Brazil
‘It’s not that. Trust us. More than anyone, we don’t want that moment to come. Of course, one day it will happen, but it is not now, it is not necessary to be on that alarm anticipating a situation that does not exist now.
Kely also spoke about how difficult it has been receiving thousands of messages on social media about her father and insists that “he is not saying goodbye yet.”
She said: ‘People send me their condolences (on social media). I say I’m going to hang up the phone and I’m not going to answer anyone.
“I feel like I have to answer to people. Not to tell everything, but to say that it is not so. We are not running there to say goodbye.
“We take turns, he is sick, he is old, but he is there because of a lung infection. He is taking antibiotics and when he gets better he will come home. He is not going to say goodbye at the hospital.
Meanwhile, Pele’s grandson Arthur revealed how the 82-year-old had been watching Brazil at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and said they had been discussing the matches over the phone.
The former striker had received tributes at the World Cup after being admitted to hospital
France star Kylian Mbappé was among those who wished Pele well on social media.
He said Pelé missed injured star Neymar in Brazil’s last two matches in Qatar: a 1-0 win against Switzerland and a 1-0 loss for the reserves against Cameroon, both in the group stage.
Arthur said that Pelé was concerned about Brazil’s creativity without Neymar. However, Brazil will face South Korea on Monday in the round of 16, with Neymar possibly returning to the team.
Flavia started the conversation by saying: ‘He [Pele] it’s okay. Saw the first game. We all watched it together, it was a lot of fun.
Pelé’s daughters said the 82-year-old has been well enough to see Brazil at the World Cup.
Pelé’s grandson also revealed how Pele was worried about Neymar’s injury (above)
‘My dad doesn’t like me talking during the game. Yes, he managed to look (the third), in silence, but he looked.’
Before Arthur added: ‘Think that (Brazil) is playing good football. Without neymar it is difficult. Even he says that, that he can’t create as much, but with Neymar he can attack more. He believes that Brazil is playing well and gets the sixth.
Pelé helped Brazil win the 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cups and remains the team’s all-time leading scorer with 77 goals in 92 games.