Billy Graham hospitalized with possible pneumonia

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 30, 2011 3:33 PM
Billy Graham hospitalized with possible pneumonia

(Reuters) - Evangelist Billy Graham has been admitted to a North Carolina hospital for possible pneumonia, and is listed in stable condition, officials with the medical facility said on Wednesday.

Mission Hospital said in a statement that the 93-year-old Graham was smiling and alert as he waved to staff when he was admitted to the facility in Asheville, North Carolina, for evaluation and treatment of his lungs.

Doctors treating Graham said he possibly has pneumonia, but that his condition is stable.

"While no date has been set for discharge, Mr. Graham is looking forward to returning home to spend the upcoming Christmas holidays with his family," the hospital statement said.

Graham was hospitalized in May for treatment of pneumonia. Mission Hospital is near his home in Montreat, North Carolina.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Jerry Norton)