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Brazilian Soccer Legend Pelé Is ‘Doing Fine’ in Hospital After Surgery To Remove Kidney Stones

Legendary Brazilian football player Pele’s condition has improved, according to a Thursday evening statement from a Sao Paulo hospital.

There had been earlier reports about Pele’s health after Albert Einstein Hospital issued a statement that said his condition was “unstable.”

A common technique for removing kidney stones uses a thin viewing scope with a probe inserted into the patient’s urethra and bladder and into the ureter.

Brazilian soccer legend Pelé laughs during the inauguration of a refurbished soccer field at the Mineira slum in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 10, 2014 Ricardo Moraes—Reuters
Brazilian soccer legend Pelé laughs during the inauguration of a refurbished soccer field at the Mineira slum in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 10, 2014
Ricardo Moraes—Reuters

Once the stones are located, the probe breaks them into very small pieces using a laser or similar device. The pieces are either passed naturally or extracted using a small basket.

The hospital released later released a report that Pele is now receiving renal support treatment to help his kidneys filter waste products from the blood. According to Albert Einstein Hospital, Pele is not on vasoactive drugs or other supportive therapies.

News source: Time, CNN, Fox

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Written by Marc Tiu

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