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Evangelist Billy Graham improving at N.C. hospital

Evangelist Billy Graham, 93, was hospitalized Saturday. His infection is responding well to treatment, a doctor said.
Evangelist Billy Graham, 93, was hospitalized Saturday. His infection is responding well to treatment, a doctor said.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Evangelist Billy Graham remains in stable condition after a restful night at the North Carolina hospital where he is being treated for bronchitis.

Nurses at Mission Hospital in Asheville said Graham was doing well. Pulmonologist David Pucci said Graham’s infection was responding well to treatment.

The 93-year-old Graham was admitted to Mission Hospital overnight Saturday for treatment of the lung infection.

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A spokesman said Graham watched the closing ceremony of the London Olympics from his hospital bed Sunday evening.

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Earlier Sunday, he had watched grandson Will Graham on television as he preached at First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, S.C. His daughter, Gigi, and another grandchild ate lunch with him that afternoon.

No date has been set for his discharge, but physicians hope Graham’s rapid recovery will continue and he will be able to return home soon.

Graham was hospitalized for pneumonia last November. His staff says the evangelist’s health has been good since his release.

Associated Press