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Evangelist Billy Graham Hospitalized

Posted August 18, 2007
Updated August 19, 2007

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— Evangelist Billy Graham was hospitalized in Asheville for observation and treatment for an intestinal bleed early Saturday. His condition is not life-threatening, said officials at Mission Health & Hospitals.

Doctors said Graham stabilized several hours after he was admitted, and he was listed in fair condition early Saturday afternoon.

Graham, 88, may be released from the hospital in a couple days, Larry Ross, Graham's spokesman, said. He was resting comfortably and was fully conscious and alert while visiting with family members, Ross said.

Graham was admitted for evaluation and treatment of an intestinal bleed at Mission hospital, near his home in Montreat. An endoscopy and a bleeding scan showed no bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract, hospital officials said.

"The bleeding is not continuing," Ross said. "It stopped as quickly as it began."

Doctors said the bleeding may have come from diverticuli, small pouches in the lower intestine which can become irritated and bleed. Diverticular bleeds often begin quickly and end on their own, physicians said.

Ross said Graham experienced a similar intestinal bleed during in 1995 crusade in Toronto.

Mission Hospital will release information about Graham's condition per his staff's wishes, said Merrell Gregory, the hospital's communications manager.

Graham, 88, has been a pastor and sometime political adviser to a parade of presidents over the past 50 years. His six-decade career took him around the world to preach to more than 210 million people.

Graham, who suffers from a variety of ailments including Parkinson's disease and age-related macular degeneration, has been largely confined to his western North Carolina home in recent years.

His wife, Ruth Bell Graham, died June 14, 2007, after a 64-year-long marriage. She had been bedridden for months with degenerative osteoarthritis of the back and neck.

The ailing Graham surprised mourners at her funeral by rising to talk about his wife, who was his closest confidant.

"I wish you could look in that casket because she's so beautiful," said Graham, clinging to his walker. "She was a wonderful woman."

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  • No Quarter Aug 18, 2007

    Have to add this...can't help myself.

    Ever notice that those with the most ridiculous opinions and views are most certain of them?

  • No Quarter Aug 18, 2007

    No Quarter, you've got that wrong. This country would be a much better place if more people followed God.

    -In the interest of not being labeled a troll :(, I will refrain from debating the above notion. Most regular posters know where I stand on religious topics.

    Praying for all involved.

    Rev. BS

  • Ilaina Aug 18, 2007

    No Quarter, you've got that wrong. This country would be a much better place if more people followed God.

  • No Quarter Aug 18, 2007

    This country would be a much better place if there were more true religious leaders.

    -That's a major problem with the way things are today. There will never be a "true" religious leader because the meaning of 'true' is open to interpretation. Now, the most religiously overzealous and sanctimonious among us are euphemistically called words like 'impassioned' and 'pioneering.'

  • gnew46 Aug 18, 2007

    God continue to be with you Reverend Graham, as you have so many others, including me. Get well soon.

    Religion and politics should never mix anyway, but over time they have become dangerously intertwined.

    I respectfully disagree with the above statement. This country would be a much better place if there were more true religious leaders.

  • gnew46 Aug 18, 2007

    God continue to be with you Reverend Graham, as you have so many others, including me. Get well soon.

  • No Quarter Aug 18, 2007

    Screename, In god we trust wasn't printed on U.S. money until 1957, partly as a statement against Communism and not necessarily as a ringing endorsement for Christianity...but I digress.

  • deerslayer Aug 18, 2007

    Seems I’ve imagined him all of my life,
    as the wisest of all of mankind;
    But if God’s only wisdom is foolish to men,
    He must have seemed out of his mind.

  • deerslayer Aug 18, 2007

    For even his family said he was mad,
    And the priests said a demon’s to blame.
    But in cleansing the temple, this angry young man;
    could not have seemed perfectly sane.

    We in our foolishness thought we were wise,
    He played the fool and he opened our eyes.
    And we in our weakness believed we were strong;
    He became helpless to show we were wrong. And so I follow God’s own fool, For only the foolish can tell; Believe the unbelievable Come be a fool as well.

  • deerslayer Aug 18, 2007

    So come lose your life for a carpenter’s son;
    For a madman who died for a dream.
    And you’ll have the faith his first followers had;
    And you’ll feel the weight of the beam.
    So surrender the hunger to say you must know;
    Have the courage to say “I believe” For the power of paradox opens your eyes And blinds those who say they can see.

    And so I will follow God’s own fool; For only the foolish can tell. Believe the unbelievable; come be a fool as well…..

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