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Billy Graham in hospital for intestinal bleeding

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  • Christian evangelist Graham, 88, in fair condition
  • Admitted to Mission Health and Hospitals in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Physicians say the bleeding may be diverticulitis
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(CNN) -- The Rev. Billy Graham, the 88-year-old legendary Christian evangelist, was hospitalized in North Carolina early Saturday for evaluation and treatment of intestinal bleeding.

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Evangelist Billy Graham speaks at the Billy Graham Library dedication on May 31, 2007, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

He was admitted to the Mission Health and Hospitals in Asheville, North Carolina, near his home in Montreat, and is listed in fair condition, a hospital spokesman said in a written statement.

"Mr. Graham's physicians said the illness does not appear to be life-threatening, as Mr. Graham's condition had stabilized over the hours following admission and treatment.

"An upper endoscopy and a bleeding scan showed no areas of bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract. The physicians say the bleeding may have come from diverticuli, small pouches that can form in the lower intestine. These may become irritated and bleed. A diverticular bleed often begins suddenly and may stop on its own."

Graham's wife, Ruth Bell Graham, died in June. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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