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Pele rushed to the hospital with ‘swelling all over his body’ as Brazil icon battles cancer

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The health of legendary Brazil star Pele has reportedly deteriorated after he was admitted to hospital in Sao Paulo with swelling all over his body.

Pele, who is currently undergoing treatment for metastatic cancer, went into the Albert Einstein hospital on Tuesday in what was an unscheduled visit after being taken by his wife Marcia Aokoi and a carer, according to ESPN Brasil.

Medical staff at the Einstein confirmed his condition of anasarca (general swelling), an edemigemic syndrome (general edema) and even identified ‘decompensated heart failure’.

It is also reported that his chemotherapy treatment on his cancer is no longer working, while he was diagnosed with mental confusion upon entering the hospital, where he was restless.

He is set to undergo several tests today for a further assessment of the problems detected and the troubles with his organs which have been impacted by the metastatic cancer. 

They are also set to look at the likelihood of a hepatic encephalopathy, while Pele is also struggling to eat.

It is an extremely worrying time for the medical staff and Pele’s family, with a particular worry over how his cancer treatment is not working. 

There is no time frame on Pele leaving hospital, with Pele still at the Einstein with his wife and carer by his side.

However, Pele’s daughter Kely Nascimento insisted there was no need need for alarm and that there was ‘no surprise or emergency’ involved with her father being in hospital.

She posted on Instagram:  ‘Lots of alarm in the media today concerning my dad’s health. He is in the hospital regulating medication.

‘There is no emergency or new dire prediction. I will be there for New Years and promise to post some pictures.’ 

Officials at the hospital have not commented on his health, and while his wife Marcia did confirm the Brazil icon was in hospital, she implied it is only for his standard chemotherapy and check-ups.

Pele’s agent Joe Fraga said he did not have an update on the former Brazil forward’s status. 

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