Billy Graham hospitalized with possible pneumonia

Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:26pm EST

Evangelist Billy Graham speaks at the dedication of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, May 31, 2007.      REUTERS/Robert Padgett

Evangelist Billy Graham speaks at the dedication of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, May 31, 2007.

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(Reuters) - Billy Graham, one of America's best-known evangelists, is in a North Carolina hospital with possible pneumonia, and is listed in stable condition, officials with the facility said on Wednesday.

Mission Hospital said in a statement that the 93-year-old Graham was smiling and alert as he waved to staff when he was admitted to the facility in Asheville, North Carolina, for evaluation and treatment of his lungs.

Doctors treating Graham said he possibly has pneumonia but that his condition is stable.

Graham has preached the Christian gospel to millions worldwide and given spiritual advice to numerous U.S. presidents.

"While no date has been set for discharge, Mr. Graham is looking forward to returning home to spend the upcoming Christmas holidays with his family," the hospital statement said.

Graham was treated for pneumonia in May at Mission Hospital. The facility is near his home in Montreat, North Carolina.

His wife, Ruth, died in June 2007.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Peter Cooney and Jerry Norton)

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