Pele 'recovering satisfactorily' after surgery to remove tumour

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Rio de Janeiro, Sep 11 (IANS) Brazilian football legend Pele remains in intensive care after surgery to remove a tumour from his colon, the medical team treating him said late on Friday.

The 80-year-old underwent the procedure at Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein hospital on September 4 after the tumour was found during routine tests.

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“The patient Edson Arantes do Nascimento has been recovering satisfactorily, is conscious, actively talking and maintaining his vital signs in normality,” the hospital said in a medical bulletin.

Earlier, the three-time World Cup winner took to social media to thank fans for their support and reassure them that he was recuperating, Xinhua reports.

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“My friends, with each passing day I feel a little better,” he said on Instagram. “I’m going to take a few more days to recover. While I’m here, I’m taking the opportunity to talk a lot with my family and to rest.”

Pele has battled a series of health problems in recent years and has rarely been seen in public since undergoing hip replacement surgery in 2012.

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