Saturday, October 11, 2008

Billy Graham Hospitalized

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 11) - Evangelist Billy Graham was hospitalized Saturday after tripping and falling over one of his dogs at his North Carolina home, a hospital spokeswoman said.
The 89-year-old Graham was at Mission Hospital in Asheville with discomfort and bruising. He was listed in fair condition and his physicians report that X-rays showed no broken bones, spokeswoman Merrell Gregory said in a news release.
For six decades, Graham led a worldwide crusade-based ministry that packed stadiums with believers and allowed him to counsel every U.S. president since Harry Truman.
The Southern Baptist minister fell late Friday at his home in Montreat, N.C.
The hospital offered to let Graham go home after the X-rays, but the evangelist decided to stay overnight because it was so late, Graham spokesman Larry Ross said.
"He had a good night's rest. Nurses said he was able to sleep. He was sitting in a chair eating full meals this morning," Ross said early Saturday afternoon, adding Graham was waiting to find out from doctors when he could go home.
Earlier this year, Graham had elective surgery to update a shunt that controls excess fluid on his brain. The shunt was first installed in 2000 and drains fluid from through a small tube, relieving excess pressure that can cause symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease.
Graham has also suffered from prostate cancer and macular degeneration. He was hospitalized last year for nearly two weeks after experiencing intestinal bleeding.
Graham turns 90 on Nov. 7.

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