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Schuller Returns to Southland

From a Times Staff Writer

The Rev. Robert H. Schuller returned home Monday to Southern California from Amsterdam and was given an “excellent chance” for full recovery by his neurosurgeon.

But the doctor added that the televangelist is still having some problems communicating after two emergency brain operations in Amsterdam this month.

Smiling and wearing a cap, Schuller, who turned 65 Monday, looked pale and thin as he was lifted from an ambulance onto a stretcher upon his arrival at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, placed onto a gurney and wheeled into the hospital to begin an expected two-day stay. Asked by a reporter how he felt, the host of the syndicated “Hour of Power” television show said: “Terrific!” and waved.

Dr. Ronald Young, chief of UC Irvine’s neurosurgery division, said Schuller’s awareness and motor skills were not permanently affected by the surgeries he underwent after accidentally striking his head, but the preacher has difficulty expressing himself.

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