Football legend Pele has been moved to palliative care under unfortunate circumstances after reportedly becoming unresponsive to the chemotherapy treatment he received in his battle against cancer, according to sources from Brazil.
The Brazilian icon was admitted to the hospital last week and is currently receiving pain relief treatment in an end-of-life unit after medicaments for his bowel cancer stopped working. Pele was admitted to the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo earlier on Tuesday.
In disheartening news, it was reported that he was admitted because of sudden symptoms of “general swelling” and “heart failure.” The legendary Pele is the only player in the history of football to have won the FIFA World Cup on three different occasions.
Brazilian legend’s health weakens
Later that week, the 82-year-old had cared enough in this state to reassure football fans around the globe through an Instagram post that he was visiting the hospital only for his routine visits and that it wasn’t anything alarming yet.
His Instagram post was attached to a photograph comprising a “get well soon” message, which was displayed on the buildings in Qatar where the 2022 edition of the FIFA World Cup is ongoing; the Brazilian legend wrote:
“Friends, I am at the hospital making my monthly visit. It’s always nice to receive positive messages like this. Thanks to Qatar for this tribute and to everyone who sends me good vibes!”
Pele’s health condition
Despite reassurances from his own daughter and Albert Einstein hospital, where they mentioned in a statement that Pele had been diagnosed with a respiratory infection that required antibiotics and that his condition was stable, sources reported that his condition, in fact, was grave and that he has become downright unresponsive to the chemotherapy he had been receiving.
Pele has been suffering from bowel cancer, and now that he has become unresponsive to chemotherapy treatment, the sources also added that he will not be undergoing invasive tests or treatment as he has been admitted to the ward of the hospital, which is a particular unit for those with life-threatening diseases or conditions, those requiring end-of-life care. French star-player Kylian Mbappe took to Twitter to express his grief towards the Saturday news and said, “Pray for the King.”