Billy Graham alert after brain surgery, doctor says
Posted by madcap on February 14, 2008
My grandmother, who is now at a nursing home suffering from alzheimer’s, loved Billy Graham. I remember listening to him preach on a radio broadcast from Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago. My thoughts and prayers are with the Graham family.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Evangelist Billy Graham underwent successful surgery Wednesday to update a shunt that controls excess fluid in his brain, and was expected to remain in the hospital for several days.
Graham was listed in fair condition at Asheville’s Mission Hospitals after the 28-minute procedure. “He’s on a soft diet tonight, will be on a regular diet tomorrow and should be up and walking around,” said Larry Ross, Graham’s spokesman.
Dr. Ralph C. Loomis installed a new valve in the shunt on Wednesday that can be programmed externally to maintain desired fluid levels and pressure.
Graham was expected to remain there until doctors are able to program the valve to properly regulate the pressure.
“He was bright and alert and conscious immediately after surgery and called me by name,” Loomis said in a statement.