Hospital: Billy Graham, 93, continues to improve

By The Associated Press

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Hospital officials say the Rev. Billy Graham is continuing his “successful” treatment for pneumonia.

A statement from Asheville’s Mission Hospital on Saturday afternoon said Graham’s pulmonologist reports he is maintaining the improvement he showed on Friday.

The 93-year-old evangelist will continue physical therapy to help his strength and mobility. Doctors said Graham stood and walked Friday during a physical therapy session. No date is set for his discharge.

Hospital spokesman Merrell Gregory said Graham is alert and outgoing and friendly with staff. He says Graham has shown his long-term memory is still strong with old stories about his life and ministry.

Graham was admitted Wednesday night after suffering from congestion, a cough and a slight fever that was later diagnosed as pneumonia.