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Jerry Falwell in critical condition in Lynchburg hospital

LYNCHBURG, Va. (BP)–Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell is in critical condition in a Lynchburg, Va., hospital after being admitted late March 28 for difficulty breathing.

Lynchburg General Hospital released a statement saying that Falwell is on a ventilator and his condition has stabilized, the Associated Press reported. Church officials and hospital officials told AP that Falwell is experiencing another case of viral pneumonia.

“Rev. Falwell is clinically stable, but he is still critically ill,” Liberty University said in a statement. “He is undergoing evaluation and his physicians will have a clearer picture on Wednesday. His cardiac status is stable and there is no evidence of a heart attack. He is alert and responding to questions.”

Falwell also 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.

“He’s resting comfortably and in stable condition,” Ron Godwin, Falwell’s executive assistant, said, according to the Associated Press. “It’s a recurrence of the viral pneumonia.”

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

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