The Rev. Billy Graham was back at his North Carolina home Sunday after being hospitalized for five days with pneumonia.
Graham's doctors at Mission Hospital in Asheville said the 92-year-old evangelist had responded well to treatment and regained strength.
"We expect continuing recuperation at home with very gradual recovery, returning to normal activities over several weeks," Dr. Lucian Rice, Graham's primary care physician, said in a news release from the hospital. "I'm delighted that he has come back this fast."
Graham was able to continue his routine while in the hospital, having his weekly Bible study and prayer with his pastor, but was glad to be home, his spokesman A. Larry Ross said.
"Mr. Graham remained alert and in good spirits upon discharge," Ross said in an email. "He enjoyed the short ride home _ especially being in the sunshine after his hospitalization.
Graham went to the hospital Wednesday after sweating, coughing and breathing difficulty.
"He was grateful to return to his Montreat home and enjoyed the playful greeting by his two dogs and cat, who were equally happy to see him again after five days," Ross said.
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. In recent years, age-related conditions such as macular degeneration and hearing loss have kept Graham at his home in Montreat in western North Carolina. But Graham has remained in good health overall.
In October 2008, Graham was hospitalized after he tripped and fell over one of his dogs. Earlier that same year, he had elective surgery on a shunt that controls excess fluid on his brain. The shunt was first installed in 2000 and drains fluid through a small tube, relieving excess pressure that can cause symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease.
Graham has also suffered from prostate cancer and was hospitalized in 2007 for nearly two weeks after experiencing intestinal bleeding. His wife, Ruth Bell Graham, died in June 2007.
Graham rarely appears in public now. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is run by Graham's son, Franklin.