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Football icon Pele’s family gathers at hospital for Christmas as cancer advances

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Football icon Pele’s family gathers at hospital for Christmas as cancer advances

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'Gratitude, love, togetherness, family. The essence of Christmas. We thank you all for all the love and light you send.' Brazilian football legend Pele's family gathers at his bedside as he battles advancing cancer.

Brazilian football legend Pele’s family members gathered at the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo on Saturday (Sunday, December 25, Manila time), where the 82-year-old, widely considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, has been since late November.

Doctors said this week that Pele’s cancer had advanced and that he requires care related to renal and cardiac dysfunction. His family said he would remain in a Sao Paulo hospital over Christmas.

Pele has received regular medical treatment since a tumor was removed from his colon in September last year.

“Almost all of them. Merry Christmas. Gratitude, love, togetherness, family. The essence of Christmas. We thank you all for all the love and light you send,” his daughter Kely Nascimento wrote on Instagram with a picture of their family in the hospital.

Pele’s son Edinho, who played in goal for Santos in the 1990s, posted a picture of himself holding his father’s hand to Instagram on Saturday, with the caption “Father… my strength is yours.” – Rappler.com

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