Family gather by Pele’s bedside at Sao Paulo hospital on Christmas Eve
Published: Dec 25, 2022 08:41 PM
Family members visited the legendary Pele on Saturday at the Sao Paulo hospital where he is suffering from worsening cancer as well as kidney and heart problems, according to a social media post by his daughter.

Edinho, Pele's son - who was recently appointed coach of Serie B football club Londrina, which is based in Parana in the north - arrived on Christmas Eve at the medical center, where he joined his sisters Flavia and Kely Nascimento. 

He posted an Instagram photo of himself holding the football star's hand, captioning it, "Father... my strength is yours."

Late on Saturday, Kely posted a picture of Pele's wife Marcia Aoki and other family members gathered at the Albert Einstein Hospital where he is being treated. 

"Almost all of us. Merry Christmas. Gratitude, love, union, family. The essence of Christmas. We thank you all for all the love and light you send us," Kely wrote.

On Wednesday, the hospital announced that Pele's colon cancer was showing "progression" and he needed "more extensive care to treat kidney and heart failure."  

Pele, born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, is considered by many to be the greatest football player of all time and has received several messages of support since his hospitalization, including from the French star Kylian Mbappe, who called on followers to "pray for the King." 

Pele was hospitalized in Sao Paulo on November 29 for what his medical team called a re-evaluation of his chemotherapy treatments, which he has been receiving since having surgery to remove a colon tumor in September 2021.