December 2, 2011 in Nation/World

Billy Graham remains in hospital, up and walking

Associated Press
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In this Dec. 20, 2010, file photo, evangelist Billy Graham speaks during an interview at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association headquarters in Charlotte, N.C.
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Evangelist Billy Graham remains in a North Carolina hospital with pneumonia, but doctors say he’s been able to get up and walk around.

A statement from Mission Hospital in Asheville says the 93-year-old Christian leader was able to stand and walk today during a physical therapy session.

Dr. Mark Hellreich, a pulmonologist treating Graham, says he’s making good clinical progress and looks better since treatment with antibiotics began.

Graham has suffered from several ailments in recent years. He was admitted to the hospital Wednesday night after suffering from congestion, a cough and a slight fever that was later diagnosed as pneumonia.

Graham was able to take meals on Friday sitting in a chair while talking with hospital staff. No discharge date has been set.

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