SAO PAULO –
Brazilian footballer PelÃ© has been released from hospital, the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo announced Thursday, and will spend Christmas at home after months of medical problems following surgery to remove a colon tumor .
“The patient is stable and will continue treatment for a colon tumor that was identified in September,” the statement said.
On Instagram, PelÃ©, 81, posted a photo of himself smiling. The photo, he wrote, was “not for nothing”.
âAs I promised you, I’ll be spending Christmas with my family. I’m coming home. Thanks for all the kind messages,â he wrote.
In early December, PelÃ© said he would be home from the hospital in a few days.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, the three-time World Cup winner has suffered a series of health issues in recent years. The hip surgery left him with recurring pain and he can no longer walk without assistance.
(Reporting by Eduardo Simoes; Editing by Ken Ferris)