By BosNewsLife Americas Service
WASHINGTON, USA (BosNewsLife)– Saying he was “grateful for the many thoughts and prayers” famous American evangelist Billy Graham has arrived home after being released from a North Carolina hospital following a bout with pneumonia.
“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 in a statement monitored by BosNewsLife early Wednesday, December 7.
The 93-year-old evangelist will continue a program of physical therapy at his home in the town of Montreat in the U.S. state of North Carolina, following the six-day stay in the regional Mission Hospital in Asheville his staff said in published remarks.
“We are gratified that he has had a good response to treatment and we’re committed to good home care to continue,” added Graham’s personal physician, Lucian Rice.
Doctors decided to let the 93-year-old evangelist go home after he responded well to antibiotics and physical therapy to increase his strength, said hospital spokeswoman Nancy Lindell.
Graham was previously hospitalized for successful treatment of pneumonia in May.
Besides suffering pneumonia, Graham was hospitalized after he tripped and fell over one of his dogs in 2008. Earlier that same year, he had elective surgery on a shunt that controls excess fluid on his brain.
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.
Despite the health scares, he has finalized his most recent book, “Nearing Home,” and a new project “reaffirming the evangelistic message he has preached for more than 60 years,” explained the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA).
The BGEA is now led by his son, Franklin Graham, who also holds evangelistic rallies around the world.
For six decades, Billy Graham led a worldwide crusade-based ministry that packed stadiums with believers and allowed him to counsel every U.S. president since Harry Truman.