Billy Graham was admitted Saturday night to Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C., near his home in Montreat, for evaluation and treatment of a pulmonary infection thought to be bronchitis.
Graham is notable for having been a spiritual adviser to several United States Presidents. Mr Graham has repeatedly been on Gallup’s list of most admired men and women. He has appeared on the list 55 times since 1955 (including 49 consecutive years), more than any other individual in the world.
Graham spokesman A. Larry Rossreported Graham was having breakfast Monday morning and is doing well.Ross says Graham watched the closing ceremony of the London Olympics from his hospital bed Sunday evening.
Upon admission, he was alert and in good spirits. The pulmonologist treating Mr. Graham, David Pucci, DO, said that he is resting comfortably, that appropriate antibiotics are being administered and that his condition is stable.
Later, he enjoyed a visit from his daughter, Gigi, and one of his grandchildren. They ate lunch together and enjoyed a relaxing afternoon. Mr. Graham was previously hospitalized for successful treatment of pneumonia in November, 2011. He resumed his ongoing program of physical therapy and normal activity shortly after his release, according to his staff.
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Staff further report that the 93-year-old evangelist has remained in good overall health the past year, though he continues to remain at home due to age-related conditions.
However, Mr. Graham remains actively involved in ministry and writing projects, including near completion of a manuscript for a new book summarizing his Gospel message over the past seven decades of public ministry. While no date has been set for discharge, Mr. Graham is looking forward to returning home to his family.
Please keep him in your prayers.