(CNN) — The daughters of Brazilian soccer star Pelé said Sunday that the former soccer player was hospitalized last Tuesday in Sao Paulo after contracting a lung infection, following a covid-19 infection, they said in an interview broadcast on TV Globo.
“He is sick, he is old, but at the moment he is there with a lung infection, and when he gets better he will come home. He is not saying goodbye at the hospital right now, ”said Kely Nascimento, Pelé’s daughter.
“Three weeks ago he had covid. He is vaccinated with all the doses, but because of the anticancer medication, the chemotherapy, that makes him more fragile, he has a lung infection, and that is why he went to the hospital, ”added Nascimento.
His other daughter, Flavia, said that Pele is not in the ICU and that he is not at risk, since he is undergoing treatment. She reiterated that her father is not terminally ill or in hospice care.
On Saturday, the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo issued a statement saying Pelé remains in stable condition after he was admitted to a hospital in Sao Paulo on Tuesday for a “re-evaluation of chemotherapy treatment for colon cancer identified in September 2021”, and that he has shown “a good response to the care of respiratory infections”, and his condition has not worsened in the last 24 hours”.