(140611) -- SAO PAULO, June 11, 2014 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian former soccer player Edson Arantes do Nacimento "Pele", answers questions during an interview in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 10, 2014. FIFA's 2014 World Cup will be held from June 12 to July 13 in Brazil. (Xinhua/Marcelo D. Sants/Frame/Estadao Conteudo/AGENCIA ESTADO) (rh) (rt)

Pele in intensive care, but showing ‘improvement’

Pele was transferred to an intensive care unit (ICU) of a Sao Paulo hospital on Thursday after a urinary tract infection spread to his kidneys and doctors say his condition is “not out of danger but improving”.

The Albert Einstein Hospital said in a statement that the 74-year-old was receiving renal support treatment, adding that there had been “an improvement in his clinical condition.”

Pele was admitted to the hospital Monday and initially received antibiotics to treat the infection, Xinhua reported.

Earlier on Thursday, the hospital said the footballer had been shifted to a special care unit suffering “clinical instability.”

Pele’s personal aide, Pepito, was quoted telling media that the former Santos and New York Cosmos idol was “fine” and would return home “in a few days.”(IANS)

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