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Bleeds Highlight Billy Graham's Frail Condition

Evangelist Billy Graham is 88 and a frail preacher largely confined to his mountainside home in western North Carolina.

His ongoing hospitalization adds to a lengthy list of health concerns.

Doctors say the intestinal bleeds that have forced Graham to stay in an Asheville hospital since Saturday are probably both common and treatable. But physicians still want to closely monitor the 88-year-old until the weekend after cauterizing a bleed during a colonoscopy. They've also put Graham on a liquid-only diet.

Graham still faces other health concerns.

Physicians first diagnosed Graham with symptoms of Parkinson's disease in 1994. In 2000, they inserted a shunt to drain fluid from his brain. He also has prostate cancer and age-related macular degeneration.


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