ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Reverend Billy Graham was released from a North Carolina hospital Tuesday after being treated for a bronchitis infection.
Graham stayed two days at Mission Hospital in Asheville and returned to his Montreat home Tuesday afternoon.
Mr. Graham had a quick recovery and responded very well to his treatment, said Daniel Fertel, MD, Mission Hospital pulmonologist. Catching these types of pulmonary infections early is crucial for a fast recovery, as was the case for Mr. Graham. Despite this illness he remains remarkably healthy for a 93-year-old man.
I am grateful for the exceptional care I received at Mission Hospital, said Mr. Graham in a statement. It is never easy going to the hospital, but the doctors and nurses here provided me with wonderful care. Mission Hospital employs a dedicated team of professionals that administered prompt treatment to restore my health and allow me to return home quickly.
Graham spokesman Larry Ross says the evangelist was able to watch a television feed of his grandson, Will Graham, preaching on Sunday morning. The 93-year-old evangelist watched the closing ceremony of the London Olympics from his bed on Sunday evening.
The ceremony brought back fond memories of various crusades Mr. Graham held in the UK and in Rio de Janeiro, the host city for the next Summer Olympics, over seven decades of public ministry, said Ross.
Graham was hospitalized for pneumonia last November. His staff says the evangelist's health has been good since his release, though he remains at home due to age-related conditions. He is working on a manuscript for an upcoming book.
Graham will continue physical therapy at home. He is currently writing a book about his past seven decades in public ministry.