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Evangelist Franklin Graham, 69, successfully underwent a specialized heart surgery on Monday to treat a condition that had developed in recent months. He is pictured with his wife, Jane. (Photo: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)

Franklin Graham Undergoes Heart Surgery at Mayo Clinic

By Associated Press

Evangelist Franklin Graham successfully underwent a specialized heart surgery on Monday to treat a condition which had developed in recent months, a spokesman said.

“My doctors said I should expect a full recovery,” Graham, 69, said in a Facebook post on Tuesday morning. “I look forward to many opportunities around the world in 2022 to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and invite people to put their faith and trust in Him.”

Mark Barber, a spokesman for North Carolina-based Samaritan’s Purse, said in a news release that Graham underwent the procedure at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

In recent months, according to the news release, the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham had developed constrictive pericarditis, inflammation, and hardening of the sac around the heart that compresses the heart and prevents it from working properly.

The surgery involved removing the pericardium, the statement said. Graham’s doctors expect a full recovery and assured him that he should be able to return to his normal activity and ministry schedule.

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A statement posted to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website added that, this past fall, Franklin Graham preached in an eight-city tour across the U.S.  “despite health challenges.”

The ministry also highlighted the words of Graham’s daughter, Cissie Graham Lynch, who stated: “Today and in the coming days and weeks as he regains his strength … he begins a long road of healing.” 

Graham, who serves as the president of Samaritan’s Purse and of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, closed his Facebook update on a lighter note.

“I’m also looking forward to being able to ride my motorcycle by the time warm weather hits! I appreciate everyone’s prayers.”

Josh Shepherd contributed to this report.

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5 thoughts on “Franklin Graham Undergoes Heart Surgery at Mayo Clinic”

  1. Hate to say it but I feel little remorse for a guy that endorses wolves and the Den they hibernate in called TBN!

    I don’t feel for so called evangelists that leads the flocks to the wolves like Joyce Meyer , Rick Warren and the like

    I don’t feel for very rich shepherds that seek their own glory like off the backs of beautiful Christian women such as Naghmeh and endorsed her violent husband instead for purposes of book and movie deals which glorify Franky and no other

    I have no feeling for these wolves on sheep’s clothing what live well above those that they use with false humility and a insulated institutionalized works making millions off the backs of hard working people living only pay check to pay check !

    I have a hard time feeling for these that live large off donations and the free gift of God they charge for !

    Yes, and the list goes on and on

    So know franky has the best of surgeons as he publicizes his great price of suffering in the arms of truth greatest hospitals in the world that only the sheep he fleeces could never obtain

    Ya, good luck Graham , I pray for your conviction over your health any day

    For without your remorse repentance it’s your soul that is need of great resuscitation moreso than a body that will since day die and go to the grave leaving the soul destitute broke and unfed!!

    Graham you have used Christ’s Good Name to glorify and promote your own name and fame !

    Blessed are those that mourn for its they who will see the Lord!

  2. “Removing the pericardium”?
    That sounds like MAJOR heart surgery. I don’t see any way to do that laparascopically; the surgeons would have had to crack his chest and open him up like a blood eagle.

  3. This comment is inappropriate, as it’s about the commenters political fixations rather than the topic of the article.

  4. Interestingly, that is one of the side-effects of the covid shot. I wish him well and many more years of good health.

    Love the full name policy. One I’ve practiced and has kept me from saying more than I should!

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