Football icon Pele allayed fears over his health in a new social media post to fans on Thursday.
The Brazilian tall was taken to Israelita Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo earlier this week by his wife Marcia Aoki amid worrying reports that he was suffering from swelling all over his body and decompensated heart failure .
Pele has been battling cancer and undergoing chemotherapy since a tumor was removed from his colon last year, after which he spent time in and out of an intensive care unit.
He also checked into intensive care in 2014 due to a serious urinary tract infection, while Pele was also unable to walk unaided for several years due to chronic hip problems.
The latest reports had devoted fans fearing the worst, although 82-year-old daughter Kely Nascimento was quick to banish those concerns insisting her father was simply in hospital regulating his medication.
“Lots of alarm in the media today regarding my dad’s health,” she wrote on Instagram Wednesday.
“He is in the hospital to regulate the drugs. Some of my brothers and sisters visit Brazil. There is no urgency or dire new prediction.
“I’ll be there for New Years and I promise to post some pictures. Truly and truly we appreciate the concern and the love!!”
This has now been followed by a similar upbeat message sent via Pele’s official Instagram account, in which he said he was only in hospital for a monthly visit as he thanked fans for their support. and their World Cup tributes.
“My friends, I am in the hospital for my monthly visit,” the message read. “It’s always nice to receive positive messages like this.
“Thank you Qatar for this tribute, and everyone sending me good vibes.”
A spokesperson for Israelita Albert Einstein Hospital had earlier confirmed that Pele had returned ‘for a reassessment of chemotherapy treatment for the tumor’, that he ‘has full control of his vital functions’ and has not been taken to intensive or semi-intensive treatment. – intensive care units.
Brazil coach Tite sent his best wishes to the greatest footballer of all time ahead of the Selecao’s final Group G game against Cameroon in Qatar on Friday.
“We all want to wish Pelé good health,” he said.
He then joked, “(Pele) is our greatest extraterrestrial representative.”