Pelé: Death certificate points to four causes for the death of the King of Football


The death of Edson Arantes do Nascimento was caused by kidney failure, heart failure, bronchopneumonia and colon adenocarcinoma, according to the death certificate registered this Friday morning (30).

Heart failure occurs when the heart is no longer pumping enough blood to meet the body’s needs. It can cause shortness of breath, swelling and blood pooling in the lungs.

In kidney failure, the kidneys lose their ability to filter blood, removing and balancing fluids in the body. The disease can cause loss of appetite, swelling in the feet, face and ankles, and dry skin.

Bronchopneumonia is a type of inflammation that acts specifically on the internal structures of the lung, such as the bronchi and alveoli, responsible for dispersing air between all regions of the lungs. The advance of the disease affects the whole organ, leading to shortness of breath, weakness, paleness and fever.

Colon adenocarcinoma is cancer of the large intestine. It was Pelé’s primary tumor, diagnosed at the end of August 2021 and operated on in early September. The term is derived from the parts “adeno”, meaning gland, and “carcinoma”, meaning cancer.

In early 2022, metastases were discovered in the rest of the intestine, lung and liver.

On November 29, when he was admitted to the hospital, Pelé already had generalized swelling and decompensated heart failure.

Days later, on December 3, the Sheet revealed that the ace began to receive exclusive palliative care. From that moment on, chemotherapy was suspended and he continued to receive comfort measures, to relieve pain and shortness of breath, for example, without being subjected to invasive therapies.

The death was recorded by doctors Juliana Barroso Zogheib and Cesar Martins da Costa, from Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, in São Paulo, and the document was generated at the Civil Registry Office and Notary Public Office of the 30th Subdistrict of the Capital, in Ibirapuera.

Son of Celeste Arantes do Nascimento, who turned 100 in November, and João Ramos do Nascimento, who died in 1996, Pelé died at the age of 82, at 3:27 pm last Thursday, December 29, the day he completed one month of birth. hospitalization.

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