Legendary Brazilian footballer, Pele, had COVID-19 and a heart rate below normal before being hospitalised last Tuesday, his daughter has confirmed.
The 82-year-old tested positive for COVID-19 on November 17 and has been treated with medication to control pain and fever, but COVID was one of the initial reasons he was taken to the hospital.
“About three weeks ago he got Covid,” Kely Nascimento said to Brazilian TV.
“He is vaccinated, with all the vaccines, but because of the cancer medication, the chemotherapy, which is fragile, he got a lung infection. That’s why he went to the hospital, because of the lung infection.
“It’s serious because of his age and because he is being treated for cancer,” she said.
Flavia Nascimento said: “At hospital, he is better assisted. But he’s not in the ICU, he’s in a normal room. So, he’s not at risk. As a person with a more delicate health, it is better for him to be in the hospital. It is very unfair to start talking that he is in a terminal…
Source: Leadership Newspaper