Billy Graham Released From Hospital, Will Receive Home Care

Published at CNN.com

Evangelist Billy Graham left an Asheville, North Carolina hospital Tuesday after being treated for pneumonia.

Graham, 93, returned home after six days at Mission Hospital, the medical center said in a statement.

“We are gratified that he has had a good response to treatment and we’re committed to good home care to continue his improvement,” said Graham’s personal physician, Lucian Rice, said in the statement.

In the statement, Graham said he was grateful for the care and was looking forward to “seeing my home decorated for Christmas and spending the holidays with members of my family.”

Graham, who lives in nearby Montreat, North Carolina, was also treated for pneumonia in May.

The Charlotte native has preached to millions of people over six decades, beginning his missionary work in 1944 when he started speaking at rallies for the Youth for Christ Campus Life ministry. He has since counseled generations of U.S. presidents, beginning with Harry Truman.

His most recent book, “Nearing Home,” was published in October.

Graham’s longtime spokesman A. Larry Ross tweeted on Tuesday, “Upon discharge from Mission Hospital, Billy Graham expressed gratitude for thoughts and prayers from around the world.”

Ross also noted on the social networking site, “Graham’s doctors said he made good clinical progress in combating pneumonia; will continue therapy @ home.”

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