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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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.”
It’s no secret how proud I am of dad, @Franklin_Graham —and today is no different, as he begins a long road of healing. I’m beyond thankful for the prayers for my dads full recovery today and in the coming days and weeks as he regains his strength. pic.twitter.com/x1UCHYOuFQ
— Cissie Graham Lynch (@CissieGLynch) November 9, 2021
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.