Billy Graham Hospitalized

Dec 2, 2011, 10:56 by R.E. Christian

Evangelist Billy Graham, 93, has been hospitalized in North Carolina with a possible case of pneumonia, his organization said.

A statement said Graham was admitted to Mission Hospital in Asheville for observation and treatment, The Charlotte Observer reported.

Pulmonologist Mark Hellreich was testing Graham for the condition Wednesday, the newspaper said. He was last treated for pneumonia in May.

The statement said Graham was alert, smiling and waving at hospital employees when admitted.

The Observer reported Graham's longtime spokesman, Larry Gross, said Graham developed a cough, congestion and a slight fever, and doctors decided to keep him hospitalized overnight.

The statement said Graham is looking forward to spending Christmas with his family in his Montreat home.

Source: UPI