Updated:ASHEVILLE, N.C.,None —
Evangelist Billy Graham has been released from an Asheville hospital after a six-day stay.
Graham, 93, returned to his home in Montreat on Tuesday afternoon after being treated at Mission Hospital for pneumonia. He was hospitalized last Wednesday.
"I am grateful for the many thoughts and prayers expressed by individuals across the country and around the world during my stay at Mission Hospital," Graham said upon discharge. "I also appreciated the wonderful treatment I received here from such caring doctors and nurses, and feel I have made some new friends. But I am especially looking forward to seeing my home decorated for Christmas and spending the holidays with members of my family."
Graham’s physician, pulmonologist Mark Hellrich, said Graham has made good clinical progress in combating the pneumonia in his steady response to antibiotics. His program of physical therapy also advanced daily as he demonstrated increased strength and mobility, the hospital said.
"We are gratified that he has had a good response to treatment and we're committed to good home care to continue his improvement," said Graham's personal physician, Lucian Rice.
Graham's staff said he will continue with physical therapy at home, with the goal of returning to normal activities in the coming weeks.
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