Brazil football legend Pele asks for guitar in hospital

Sao Paulo: Five days after his condition was described as "clinically unstable," Brazilian football legend Pele was out of intensive care yesterday and walking around as he recovers from a kidney problem.


"The patient ... is doing well without medical complications. He is able to walk around his room," the Albert Einstein clinic in Sao Paulo said, in a statement.

"Following clinical analyses, resuming renal assistance was not necessary," it added. Media reports said Pele requested a guitar to strum as he continues his convalescence.

The clinic said 74-year-old Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known worldwide as Pele, is now receiving "semi-intensive" care but remains in the same bed as previously.

The hospital said further kidney tests will be conducted tomorrow. Pele was "lucid and eating well" without breathing difficulties while receiving antibiotics intravenously. Initial tests showed that Pele was suffering from a urinary infection.

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