Evangelist Billy Graham, 93, in hospital but stable
Posted November 30, 2011
Updated December 1, 2011
Asheville, N.C. — Evangelist Billy Graham, 93, was in an Asheville hospital being treated for a lung ailment, his personal physician, Dr. Lucian Rice, said Wednesday.
Graham was was admitted to Mission Hospitals in Asheville late Wednesday morning suffering from congestion, a cough and a slight fever. Doctors were testing him for pneumonia.
Rice said Graham was in stable condition and that he was in good spirits, alert, smiling and waving at hospital staff.
Hospital spokesman A. Larry Ross said Graham's daughter, Gigi, visited her father. While watching television in the hospital room, they found a channel showing Graham's 1973 crusade in St. Louis.
Graham was treated for pneumonia at Mission Hospitals in May and made a full recovery.
The man once dubbed "America's pastor" has receded from public life in recent years and spends most of his time with family and close friends at his Montreat home. President Barack Obama paid him a visit there in April 2010, and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin visited in 2009.