Billy Graham Released From Hospital

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- The Rev. Billy Graham has been released from a North Carolina hospital after spending six days recovering from pneumonia.

Mission Hospital spokeswoman Nancy Lindell said Graham was released on Tuesday after doctors decided he had responded well to antibiotics.

Doctors say the 93-year-old evangelist will continue physical therapy at home to increase his strength.

Graham was admitted to the hospital in Asheville on Nov. 30 after suffering from congestion, a cough and slight fever. He was diagnosed with pneumonia.

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Hospital officials say the Rev. Billy Graham is continuing his "successful" treatment for pneumonia.

A statement from Asheville's Mission Hospital on Saturday afternoon said Graham's pulmonologist reports he is maintaining the improvement he showed on Friday.

The 93-year-old evangelist will continue physical therapy to help his strength and mobility. Doctors said Graham stood and walked Friday during a physical therapy session. No date is set for his discharge.

Hospital spokesman Merrell Gregory said Graham is alert and outgoing and friendly with staff. He says Graham has shown his long-term memory is still strong with old stories about his life and ministry.

Graham was admitted Wednesday night after suffering from congestion, a cough and a slight fever that was later diagnosed as pneumonia.


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