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article imageEvangelist Billy Graham released from hospital after six days

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Dec 6, 2011 in World
The Rev. Billy Graham was admitted to Mission Hospital in Asheville North Carolina on Wed. Nov. 30 for observation and treatment. He was suffering from congestion and a cough with a slight fever.
Rev. Billy Graham was released from Mission Hospital on Tuesday after being treated for pneumonia. The 93-year-old Evangelist returned to his home in Montreat, North Carolina.
In a statement Graham said, "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." reports Reuters.com.
Lucian Rice, Graham's personal physician said,"We are gratified that he has had a good response to treatment and we're committed to good home care to continue his improvement."
During his stay at the hospital he was treated with antibiotics and given physical therapy to increase his strength.
On his return home he will continue with therapy to increase his strength and mobility.
Graham said of the hospital,"I also appreciated the wonderful treatment I received here from such caring doctors and nurses, and feel I have made some new friends." He added as reported by cbsnews.com "But I am especially looking forward to seeing my home decorated for Christmas and spending the holidays with members of my family."
Graham was hospitalized for five days in May at the same hospital for pneumonia.
Graham rarely appears in public now. He has suffered from prostate cancer and he also suffers from macular degeneration and hearing loss. He spent nearly two weeks in a hospital for intestinal bleeding in 2007.
Franklin Graham, the elder Graham's son, now runs The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Graham counseled every president in the U.S. since Harry Truman. During the six decades of his ministry he held world-wide crusades that packed stadiums.
He has also written numerous books. In his latest book, Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well, he writes,"I can't truthfully say that I have liked growing older. At times I wish I could still do everything I once did - but I can't." He writes in the introduction "All my life I was taught how to die as a Christian, but no one ever taught me how I ought to live in the years before I die. I wish they had because I am an old man now and believe me, it's not easy."
He also writes about grieving for Ruth Graham, his wife, who died at the age of 87, in 2007. He tells about how difficult it is get up from a chair and even to put his shoes on.
Chron.com quotes from Graham's book,"Before long Ruth and I will be reunited in heaven. More than ever, I look forward to that day!"
When Ruth Graham died she was buried in a simple plywood coffin made by a convicted murder, Richard Liggett.
Franklin Graham, the son of Billy and Ruth Graham, had visited Angola prison when he saw the coffins made by Liggett. He had been making the coffins for his fellow prisoners.
Graham liked the coffin's simplicity and the cross that was on the top. He asked that two coffins be made for his parents.
Shortly before Liggett died he made the two coffins for the Grahams.
Digital Journal reports Burl Cain, warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary said about how Liggett felt in being asked to make the coffins, "Humbled? He was honored, he was honored. He told me, of everything that ever happened in his life, the most profound thing was to build this coffin for Billy Graham and his family."
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