Billy Graham 'stable' with lung inflammation
December 4, 1997
Web posted at: 10:03 a.m. EST (1503 GMT)
JACKSONVILLE, Florida (CNN) -- The Rev. Billy Graham,
hospitalized with an inflamed lung, was reported in stable
condition and resting comfortably on Thursday.
The 79-year-old world-famous evangelist was admitted to St.
Luke's Hospital in Jacksonville on Wednesday after developing
a fever and chills.
He is being treated with antibiotics and intravenous fluids
for pneumonitis, or inflammation of the lung, a hospital
spokeswoman said. Officials said they expected Graham to
remain at the hospital for three days.
|William Franklin Graham says he expects his father home by the weekend
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Graham first became ill last week while vacationing in the
Caribbean and was brought to Jacksonville because St. Luke's
was the closest affiliate of the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota,
where he has been a longtime patient.
Graham has Parkinson's disease, a progressive neurological
condition. He delegates many responsibilities to his son,
William Franklin Graham III, but still heads the Billy Graham
Despite his health troubles, Graham is scheduled to preach at
several evangelistic crusades next year. He has ministered
since the 1940s, conducting crusades in dozens of countries.
Graham, who has been a friend of U.S. presidents dating back
to Harry Truman, made several public appearances last month,
meeting with Chinese President Jiang Zemin in Los Angeles
and attending the dedication of George Bush's presidential
library in Texas.