Billy Graham responding well to treatment


ASHEVILLE, N.C.,None - The Reverend Billy Graham is responding well to treatment for pneumonia.

On Saturday morning, Eyewitness News spoke with a family member who said Graham had a restful night and is doing well.

The 93-year-old evangelist was admitted to Mission Hospital in Asheville earlier this week. He is expected to be released from the hospital in a couple of days.

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Graham was alert and upbeat, greeting hospital workers and asking them questions about themselves, according to a statement from a hospital spokeswoman.

He was visited Thursday by his pastor, the Rev. Don Wilton, who led Graham in prayer and read from St. Paul's letter to the Ephesians in the New Testament. Wilton makes weekly trips from Spartanburg, S.C., to Graham's home for similar visits.

Graham was also visited Wednesday and Thursday by his oldest daughter, Gigi, who lives nearby in Black Mountain.

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In a public ministry that lasted six decades, Graham became the most prominent American Protestant leader and arguably the most famous American Christian in the world. His public crusade meetings packed stadiums and made him an acquaintance of every president from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.

Graham was last hospitalized in May, when he spent five days at the same hospital for pneumonia.

Earlier this year, his 30th book, "Nearing Home," a reflection on aging and mortality, was published. "I am certainly no expert on the subject of growing old, but now that I am gaining some experience, I have to admit that not all things get better with age," Graham wrote in the book.


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