Falwell Is Taken Off Critical List

From Associated Press

Doctors upgraded the Rev. Jerry Falwell’s condition from critical to stable on Wednesday and removed the Moral Majority founder from a ventilator.

Falwell, 71, has fluid in his lungs, and doctors say he suffers from congestive heart failure, although a cardiologist, Dr. Carl Moore, said testing showed “his heart is strong” and he had not suffered a heart attack.

Ron Godwin, Falwell’s executive assistant, had said Tuesday that Falwell had suffered a recurrence of the viral pneumonia he had suffered from weeks earlier. But doctors said Wednesday he did not have pneumonia.


Falwell, who was admitted late Monday, heard from President Bush, who wished him well, a spokesman for Lynchburg General Hospital said.