Evangelist Billy Graham, who is hospitalized at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC., near his home in Montreat, had a comfortable night and was able to sleep well, his nurses reported today. Mr. Graham is listed in fair condition.
Mr. Graham’s pulmonologist, Shaw C. Henderson, MD, confirmed this morning that he does have pneumonia, as indicated by initial tests, and that his temperature is normal.
Dr. Henderson said that Mr. Graham is doing well and is being encouraged to resume his normal activities, including his ongoing program of physical therapy. No discharge date has been set.
During his stay, Mr. Graham has engaged in watching television and joking with hospital staff. He was visited last evening by his eldest daughter, Gigi, and met this morning with his pastor, Dr. Don Wilton.
Through his spokesperson, A. Larry Ross, Mr. Graham expressed his appreciation for the media interest in his condition and his gratitude for the outpouring of love, concern and prayers of so many individuals across the country.