Published On: Thu, Nov 21st, 2013

Billy Graham battles respiratory problems, hospitalized in North Carolina

The Rev. Billy Graham has been hospitalized, reportedly battling respiratory problem, says a family member.

“Mr. Graham is in the hospital with a respiratory congestion issue, similar to what he had a few weeks ago,” Mark DeMoss said. “As was the case then, we expect he will be able to return home in a day or two.”

Public domain photo/Billy Graham

Public domain photo/Billy Graham

Graham, who celebrated his 95th birthday earlier this month with a party in Asheville, was taken to Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina.

The popular preacher delivered what some call his “last sermon” and the party celebrated this great message, a familiar message about the saving power of Jesus Christ and expressed concern about the nation’s direction. “Our country’s in great need of a spiritual awakening,” he declared. “There have been times that I’ve wept as I’ve gone from city to city and I’ve seen how far people have wandered from God.”

Franklin Graham, who now runs the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said before his father’s birthday that the elder Graham has the typical maladies of old age but “has not had any major illnesses in several years.”

“The (stay) at Mission was kind of routine,” Franklin Graham said of the first stay in late October. “An older person will have trouble with their lungs, sometimes ingesting water in their lungs, and it gives them an infection. He had a little bit of that, and they could put him on antibiotics and that seemed to clear it up, so we’re thankful for that.”

Franklin Graham said his father has poor eyesight and hearing, and he uses hearing aids, but he remains alert and engaged, keeping up with the news and his work.


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