Football king Pele taken off dialysis

Updated: Dec 01, 2014, 10:31 IST | AFP

Brazil legend Pele was taken off intensive kidney treatment yesterday and his condition was improving, said the Sao Paulo hospital that is treating him

Sao Paulo: Brazil legend Pele was taken off intensive kidney treatment yesterday and his condition was improving, said the Sao Paulo hospital that is treating him.

“Renal assistance was suspended (until Monday), when we will again evaluate the need for it,” read a statement from the Albert Einstein Hospital.

The 74-year-old was described as “lucid” and “doing well”, but “still in intensive care”.

Pele had been undergoing hemodialysis, a procedure that involves filtering a patient’s blood through an artificial kidney that cleans it before returning it to the body.

Certain local media had been reporting since Thursday night that ‘O Rei’ (The King) was suffering from septicaemia after not responding to the antibiotics.

Pele, whose real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, is widely regarded as the greatest player of all time. He was admitted to hospital on November 24, diagnosed with a urinary infection and given intravenous antibiotics. On Thursday, the hospital said he had been placed in intensive care after his condition became “clinically.

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