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I am not seriously ill, says soccer legend Pele

I am not seriously ill, says soccer legend Pele
The 74-year-old Pele used his official Twitter account to deny widespread reports that said his condition worsened and that he was put in intensive care to treat a urinary tract infection.

“I want to take this opportunity to let you know that I am doing fine. I was not put into intensive care on Friday, I was simply relocated to a special room within the hospital for privacy purposes only,’ he said. Pele had an operation to remove kidney stones on Nov. 13, but he was readmitted to the hospital on Monday after being diagnosed with the infection.  The three-time World Cup winner has remained in the hospital since.

“I am blessed to receive your love and support, and thank God this is nothing serious. I am looking forward to spending the upcoming holidays with my family, and will start the new year with renewed health, with many international trips already planned! Thank you!’ he said. Pele’s manager had already said the former player was expected to make a “quick and full” recovery from the “minor” infection.  Paul Kemsley said in a statement sent to Associated Press reports about the deterioration of Pele’s condition and about him going into intensive care “were greatly exaggerated.”

“He was relocated to a special area of the hospital for privacy purposes only, due to having an overwhelming number of visitors which prevented him from getting the necessary care and treatment,” Kemsley said.

The Albert Einstein hospital released a statement earlier in the day saying Pele was transferred to a “special care” unit after his condition became unstable. The statement created a scare in Brazil, with local media widely reporting that Pele’s condition had deteriorated.
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