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Falwell released from hospital, says he’s ‘thankful to be alive’

LYNCHBURG, Va. (BP)–Jerry Falwell was released from the hospital April 6, nine days after being admitted for having trouble breathing.

He was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital in Virginia March 28 and placed on a ventilator in critical condition. Doctors still have not determined what caused his problem, he says.

“There are a lot of theories,” he told the Lynchburg News & Advance. “A lot of work and time is going into it, but nobody is willing to spout off and say, ‘This is what caused it, and we can prevent it from being caused again.'”

The 71-year-old Falwell serves as chancellor of Liberty University and as pastor of Thomas Road Baptist, a Southern Baptist church in Lynchburg.

It was the second time this year that Falwell had been hospitalized. He was in the hospital for nearly two weeks in late February and early March, battling pneumonia. He recovered in time to watch, in person, Liberty’s women’s basketball team advance to the NCAA Sweet 16.

His wife took him to the hospital March 28, and he had to be resuscitated in the parking lot.

“… I’m sure she was yelling all the way for help, because I had already passed out …,” Falwell told the newspaper. “She tells me I was already lying down with my head on her shoulder. The Lord took care of me. It’s a miracle, and I’m very thankful to be alive.”

He said he’s going to rest more than he did last time.

“This time, I’m taking it a lot more seriously, because I’ve had two altercations, and even a dumb guy will learn something after a while,” he said.

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