The Rev. Billy Graham was admitted to Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C., Wednesday and will be tested for pneumonia after suffering from congestion, a cough and a slight fever, his spokesman A. Larry Ross told the Associated Press.
The 93-year-old evangelist's personal physician, Dr. Lucian Rice, said he is in stable condition.
Ross said Graham underwent a full afternoon of medical tests and was in good spirits. The evangelist's daughter, Gigi, visited him after dinner for prayer and Bible reading.
Here is the full statement issued on Graham's condition:
Asheville, NC, November 30, 2011 -- Evangelist Billy Graham has been hospitalized at Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C., near his home in Montreat, for evaluation and treatment of his lungs. Upon admittance, he was alert, smiling and waving at hospital staff.
Mr. Graham's personal physician, Lucian Rice, MD, said that Mr. Graham's condition is stable. The pulmonologist treating Mr. Graham, Mark Hellreich, M.D., said that Mr. Graham is being tested for possible pneumonia.
Mr. Graham was previously hospitalized for successful treatment of pneumonia in May, 2011. He resumed his ongoing program of physical therapy and normal activity shortly after release, according to his staff. This included finalizing his most recent book, Nearing Home, published last month, and beginning work on a new project reaffirming the evangelistic message he has preached for more than 60 years.
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.