Billy Graham, 95, Released From Hospital, Doctors 'Pleased' (Video)

Friday, 22 Nov 2013 11:04 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Renowned Evangelist Billy Graham was released from a North Carolina hospital Thursday following a two-day stay for lung tests and observation.

The 95-year-old has returned to his Montreat, N.C., home and doctors are "pleased" with his test results, William Hathaway, chief medical officer at Mission Hospital in Asheville, told USA Today.

"Mr. Graham was alert and in good spirits during his stay," Hathaway said.

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Graham, who is wheelchair-bound, is prone to respiratory congestion and was also hospitalized briefly last month, but his family says he's in good health overall.

"His health is generally good for 95," Franklin Graham, Billy Graham's son and the CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said in a statement. "My father is encouraged and he's surrounded by people who care for him and love him, so he's in good hands. At 95, people praying for my father's health is always appreciated."

To commemorate his 95th birthday earlier this month, Billy Graham delivered what he called "perhaps… my last message" — a video sermon called "My Hope America."

Franklin Graham said his father's video cements his legacy.

"I'm just surprised God left him here as long as He has, and I'm glad He has," he told the Ashville Citizen Times. "I think this message he's giving in this film…it'll be his last message to our country. At 95, I'm just glad he's still able to talk to us."

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