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Mohler’s condition improves; he remains in intensive care

Updated Monday, 9:18 EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr.’s health has made a “marked improvement” after treatment for blood clots in both lungs, according to an update posted on his website, www.albertmohler.com, at 10:24 p.m. EST Saturday.

“While Dr. Mohler remains hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Baptist East Hospital in Louisville, the attending physicians are pleased with Dr. Mohler’s progress and confident the situation is under control,” the statement said.

The statement said that “over the past 24 hours the Lord has been pleased to answer the prayers of His people and Dr. Mohler’s health has made a marked improvement.”

Mohler, president of the school since 1993, was admitted to the hospital Dec. 27 after experiencing abdominal pain and subsequently underwent a three-hour surgery to remove scar tissue from a 1980s operation.

After starting to recover from the surgery, Mohler’s health sustained a setback Jan. 5.

“Over the past 36 hours Dr. Mohler has suffered from unrelenting pain,” a statement posted Friday afternoon read. “This unusual degree of pain signaled concern for the attending physicians and prompted additional tests this afternoon. In the past hour these tests have revealed that Dr. Mohler is suffering from pulmonary emboli in both lungs. His condition is quite serious and he has been moved to the intensive care unit … for immediate treatment.”

Russell D. Moore, dean of the school of theology at Southern Seminary, posted a statement on Mohler’s website later that night saying that while the situation was still “very serious,” Mohler was “recuperating well.”

“The president is talking and in good spirits,” Moore wrote. “Despite his incredible pain and having just lived through the scare of his life, he was actually able to discuss a book I brought to him the other day about, of all things, the life of Wendell Willkie.

“Dr. Mohler still needs your prayers, as do Mary, Katie, and Christopher, so please don’t stop them. But I am happy to say that I think his treatment is going well and I expect that he will be back to his life as normal sooner rather than later.”

For updates visit www.albertmohler.com.

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