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Pele set to leave intensive care, says daughter

Xinhua | Updated: 2021-09-14 09:11
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In this handout file photo released by WEF and taken on March 14, 2018, Brazilian football legend Pele smiles during the opening plenary at the World Economic Forum on Latin America 2018 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 14, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]

RIO DE JANEIRO - The eldest daughter of Brazilian football legend Pele said Monday that her father is expected to move out of intensive care this week as he recovers from surgery to remove a tumor from his colon.

The 80-year-old underwent the procedure at Sao Paulo's Albert Einstein hospital on September 4 after the tumor was found during routine tests.

"I wanted to say thank you ... from the bottom of my heart for all of the loving, concerned and supportive texts, DMs and emails you guys have sent me," Kely Nascimento wrote on Instagram.

"He is doing well post surgery, he is not in pain and is in a good mood (annoyed that he can only eat jello but will persevere!). He will move into a regular room in the next day or two and then go home."

Nascimento said the three-time World Cup winner has been buoyed by the support of fans from around the world and praised the work of doctors.

"He is strong and stubborn and with the support and care of the brilliant team at Einstein and all of the love, energy and light that the world is sending, he will get through this," she added.

Pele has battled a series of health problems in recent years, including complications related to hip replacement surgery as well as kidney and prostate conditions.

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