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Billy Graham Hospitalized

Rev. GrahamThe Rev. Billy Graham was admitted to a hospital early Sunday morning and was treated for bronchitis over the course of two days.

On Tuesday, Rev. Graham returned to his home in Montreat, NC, where he will continue with his usual care and physical therapy. 

“Mr. Graham had a quick recovery and responded very well to his treatment,” said Dr. Daniel Fertel, a pulmonologist at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC. “Catching these types of pulmonary infections early is crucial for a fast recovery, as was the case for Mr. Graham. Despite this illness, he remains remarkably healthy for a 93-year-old man.”

During his two-day stay at Mission Hospital, Rev. Graham kept his routine and enjoyed visits from family members while also interacting with medical staff that put him in good spirits. On Sunday, the world-renowned evangelist watched his grandson, Will Graham, on television preaching at First Baptist Church of Spartanburg SC. 

“I am grateful for the exceptional care I received at Mission Hospital,” said Rev. Graham. “It is never easy going to the hospital, but the doctors and nurses here provided me with wonderful care.”

“I am also grateful for the prayers and letters I received from people across the country and around the world during my short stay,'' Rev. Graham continued. ''Such an outpouring of love and support is always a blessing but was especially appreciated during my hospitalization.”

According to his staff, Rev. Graham will resume his involvement in ministry and writing projects while receiving his usual care and physical therapy at home. Rev. Graham is currently writing a book about his past seven decades of public ministry.

Published: August 15, 2012