Billy Graham hospitalized in Asheville for pulmonary condition
Posted:// May 11, 2011 4:55 PM EDT
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 4:55 PM ESTUpdated:// May 11, 2011 5:22 PM EDT
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 5:22 PM EST
By Jeff Rivenbark, Web Content Producer \CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Evangelist Billy Graham was admitted on Wednesday to a hospital in Asheville for a pulmonary condition.
Mission Hospital is located just a short distance from Graham’s home in Montreat, NC.
Graham, 92, arrived at the hospital for a medical checkup Monday morning following a health condition which occurred overnight.
“Initial testing suggested pneumonia, and further diagnostic studies showed his heart was normal,” Mission Hospital spokesman Merrell Gregory said.
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May 13, 2011 – Nurses at Mission Hospital report this morning that Mr. Graham remains in fair condition and that his night was more comfortable. No discharge date has been set.
According to Mr. Graham’s pastor, Dr. Don Wilton, who visited with him Thursday, Mr. Graham is engaged in current events and focused on ministry activities.
During their visit, said Dr. Wilton, Mr. Graham was particularly concerned about the recent flooding of the Mississippi River and had compassion in his heart for many individuals in neighboring states who have suffered devastating loss.
Dr. Wilton commented that Mr. Graham took great delight in discussing the national preaching conference held at their home church this week, in which two of his grandsons, Tullian Tchividjian and Will Graham participated. They further discussed the Christ-centered nature of the Gospel and the conference theme, “The Power of the Cross.”
As they do together regularly each week, Dr. Wilton also had opportunity to share in a daily Bible reading with Mr. Graham out of his favorite devotional book. As his pastor would read a passage of Scripture, the evangelist would complete the verse quotation.
Thursday’s topic was “The Love of God,” which the evangelist said was why Jesus went to the Cross and why we, as believers, feel compelled to share the Gospel message around the world. They closed in a “sweet time of prayer” together — for Mr. Graham’s care-givers and in reciprocation for all those who had been praying for him.