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Pele set to leave intensive care


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2021 Sep 14, 12:32, Brazil
FILE - In this Dec 1, 2017 file photo, Brazilian soccer legend Pele attends the 2018 soccer World Cup draw in the Kremlin in Moscow. On his social media accounts, Pele said on Monday, Sept. 6, 2021 that an apparent tumor on the right side of his colon had been removed in an operation. (AP Photo)

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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