Billy Graham Released From Hospital
By Lauren Markoe
Religion News Service
(RNS) Evangelist Billy Graham returned to his North Carolina home Tuesday (Dec. 6) after a six-day stay in a nearby hospital where he was treated for pneumonia.
Graham, 93, responded well to antibiotics and grew stronger and more mobile after physical therapy, said Dr. Mark Hellrich, the pulmonologist who treated Graham at Mission Hospital in Asheville.
"I am especially looking forward to seeing my home decorated for Christmas and spending the holidays with members of my family," Graham said in a hospital statement.
He also expressed thanks for "the many thoughts and prayers expressed by individuals across the country and around the world" during his hospital stay.
Graham, who suffers from significant vision and hearing loss, will continue to receive physical therapy at his mountain home in Montreat to allow him to return to his usual level of activity within the next few weeks, according to his doctors.
Graham continues to write, publishing "Nearing Home" this fall, a memoir on growing old and grieving for his wife Ruth Graham, who died in 2007, two years after he held his last official crusade in New York.Click through to see images of Billy Graham through the years
Evangelist Billy Graham at his home in the mountains of Montreat near Asheville, North Carolina. Billy was born November 7, 1918 on a dairy farm near Charlotte, North Carolina.
American Evangelist Billy Graham, standing on a small car preaches to a crowd in London's notorious Soho district in 1966. Across the street a movie theater advertises the film "Orgy at Lil's Place."
Evangelist, Billy Graham, preaching with gestures, during a revival held in Canada.
Followers of evangelist Billy Graham express their faith during his New York Crusade at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York. Graham, then 86, has preached the Gospel to more people in a live audience format than anyone in history. Over 210 million people in more than 185 countries have followed Billy Graham's crusades.
A man prays at the end of the first night during Billy Graham's crusade at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York in 2005.
Evangelist Billy Graham embraces his family upon his return from his 'Crusade for Christ' tour in the 1950's. Clockwise from left: wife Ruth whose parents were Presbyterian missionaries in China, daughter Anne, Ruth "Bunny" and Virginia.
Franklin Graham sits with his father Billy before preaching during the "Celebration of Hope" at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2006.
Evangelist Billy Graham explains the bible to Waarusha warriors in Africa.
Billy Graham speaks with President John F. Kennedy at the annual prayer breakfast held in Washington, D.C.
Evangelist Billy Graham began conducting his crusades in 1948 and traveled throughout the world preaching the gospel.
Evangelist Billy Graham with President Richard Nixon pray during Graham's East Tennessee Crusade in 1970. s
Evangelist Billy Graham prepares his speech during the Metro Maryland 2006 Festival at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, led the three-day-program filled with music, prayers and gospel messages.
Billy Graham addresses a stadium football crowd during half-time in London, England. Graham visited over 185 countries during his 60-year crusade.