UPDATE: Billy Graham Leaves N.C. Hospital, Resting At Home

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- The Rev. Billy Graham is back at his North Carolina home after being hospitalized for five days with pneumonia.

Merrell Gregory with Mission Hospital in Asheville said the 92-year-old evangelist was released Sunday morning and was at home.

Doctors say Graham's response to treatment for pneumonia has been excellent and he has regained strength. But they say his continued recovery will be gradual.

The hospital says Graham thanked the staff for their care and was grateful to have the hospital so close to his home. Graham spokesman A. Larry Ross says Graham was able to continue his routine while in the hospital, having his weekly Bible study and prayer with his pastor.

Graham went to the hospital Wednesday after sweating, coughing and breathing difficulty.



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A spokeswoman says the Rev. Billy Graham spent another comfortable night at a North Carolina hospital.

Merrell Gregory with Mission Hospital in Asheville said Friday that Graham remains in fair condition and continues to improve as he's treated for pneumonia.

There's no word on when the evangelist might be released to return to his home in the mountains of western North Carolina.

Graham was admitted to the hospital after he suffered sweating, coughing and breathing difficulty at home Tuesday night.

The hospital says Graham was able to resume his routine Thursday, getting up for his meals and completing a physical therapy program.

He was also visited by his pastor for Bible study and prayer.

Dr. Shaw Henderson, a pulmonologist, says Graham's congestion is clearing up.



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Doctors say evangelist Billy Graham continues to improve while hospitalized with pneumonia in western North Carolina.

A spokesman for Mission Hospital in Asheville says the 92-year-old was able to resume a normal routine Thursday, a day after being admitted for treatment.

Graham got up for all his meals, and completed a physical therapy program. He was also visited by his pastor for Bible study and prayer.

Dr. Shaw Henderson, a pulmonologist, says Graham's temperature is normal and his congestion is clearing up.

No discharge date has been set for Graham, a confidant to presidents and one of the most famous Christian leaders of the last century.

His son, Franklin Graham, is in North Korea and has no plans to cut his trip short and return home.

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Officials say evangelist Billy Graham is in good spirits, watching television and joking with staff at the hospital where he's being treated for pneumonia.

A spokesman for Mission Hospital in Asheville says the 92-year-old preacher was listed in fair condition Thursday.

Dr. Shaw Henderson, a pulmonologist, says Graham's temperature is normal. Henderson is encouraging Graham to resume physical therapy and other normal daily activities.

No discharge date has been set for Graham, a confidant to presidents and one of the most famous Christian leaders of the last century.

Graham went to the hospital Wednesday after experiencing sweating, coughing and breathing problems. Graham spokesman Larry Ross says the evangelist was never in distress.
His son, Franklin Graham, is in North Korea and has no plans to return home now.

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Evangelist Billy Graham remains in a North Carolina hospital after being admitted for treatment of pneumonia.

A spokesman for Mission Hospital in Asheville confirmed early Thursday that the 92-year-old Graham was still at the hospital and there's no change in his condition.

Dr. Shaw Henderson, a pulmonologist, said Graham is being treated with antibiotics and was "clinically stable."

A more detailed report on Graham's condition is expected later Thursday.

A spokesman for Graham says he went to the hospital Wednesday morning after he experienced sweating, coughing and breathing difficulty Tuesday night. Larry Ross says Graham was never in distress.

Graham's primary physician, Dr. Lucien Rice, said no date had been set for Graham's release.

His son, Franklin Graham, was in North Korea and had no plans to return home now.



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Evangelist Billy Graham has been admitted to an Asheville hospital for treatment for pneumonia.

Doctors say the 92-year-old Graham came to Mission Hospital Wednesday morning after suffering a health episode overnight. Initial testing suggested pneumonia, and diagnostic studies showed his heart was normal.

Dr. Lucian Rice is Graham's primary physician and says no date has been set for Graham's release. But he says the evangelist is alert and resting comfortably. Graham spokesman Larry Ross says the evangelist is feeling better since he arrived at the hospital.

Ross says age-related conditions such as macular degeneration and hearing loss have kept Graham at his home in Montreat in recent years. But he says Graham has remained in good health overall.


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  • by Another RN on May 15, 2011 at 05:45 PM
    Rev. Graham, my prayers are also for your healing and comfort. Your ministry has been an inspiration to me for many years.
  • by Eric Location: Chocowinity on May 14, 2011 at 09:25 PM
    I do not believe as he does, but I hope he pulls through. There are many members of his faith who discredit Christianity through their words and actions, but Rev. Graham is a credit to the flock.
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville, NC on May 12, 2011 at 08:11 PM
    Could is possibly be that he is still wanting to save lost souls and not that he is in no hurry to meet his Lord and Creator? He is a man of God and has committed his life to leading others to salvation. I pray that he live a long and healthy life before he goes home to meet his Heavenly Father!!
  • by Anonymous on May 12, 2011 at 07:23 PM
    Years back he said that he was not looking forward to the dying process. Neither am I at a healthy 56 years.
  • by Charles Location: Chocowinity on May 12, 2011 at 03:36 PM
    What a Man of God. His is a life well lived. Would-to-God that our media would hold him up as a role model for our youth, men young and old!I will never forget his message at the 9-11 service. As he spoke I was praying under my breath: "bring us home, old man, bring us home." Our prayers are with you. If this is your home coming may our Father lead you in peace from your earthly body into that glorious body that will never know fatigue or sickness, hunger or weakness, nor even death. God bless you, and we will be praying still for a few more years of your wisdom.
  • by Registered Nurse Location: enc on May 12, 2011 at 07:31 AM
    Get well soon, Reverend Graham! Sending prayers your way for a speedy and event-free recovery :)
  • by Awestruck Location: Greenville on May 12, 2011 at 04:53 AM
    God bless you brother! Get well soon.
  • by Frances on May 12, 2011 at 04:22 AM
    Prayers for a fast and full recovery.
  • by the heart on May 12, 2011 at 03:31 AM
    Ps. 91:16 says... With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation. I am glad that this great man of God has enjoyed a long and wonderful life! God has surely blessed him!
  • by ratman Location: goldsboro on May 11, 2011 at 06:17 PM
    for a man of god, h sure isn't in any hurry to meet him!
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