Evangelist Billy Graham has been hospitalized at the Mayo Clinic and is being treated to relieve a buildup of fluid around his brain.

Graham, 81, entered the hospital in Rochester, Minn., "at least a week" ago, his spokesman A. Larry Ross said Tuesday (June 20). He said the evangelist is stable and his condition is not life-threatening.

Ross said Graham was "very exhausted" after leading a crusade June 1-4 in Nashville, Tenn.

"He was very strong there, preached powerfully each night, but was extremely fatigued," Ross told Religion News Service. "When he was done with that, the doctors encouraged him to get rest and restrict his schedule in order to prepare for Amsterdam."

Graham plans to lead an international conference for evangelists in the Netherlands July 29-Aug. 6. About 10,000 evangelists are expected to attend.

Ross called the fluid buildup around Graham's brain a "recent development."

Based on tests and procedures at the Mayo Clinic, his physicians expect Graham will be able to travel to Amsterdam as well as to Jacksonville, Fla., where he is scheduled to lead a crusade Nov. 2-5.

"His condition is stable and the doctors have said that he's been alert and been conversant and is especially talking about plans for the future," Ross said. "They're encouraged by his progress."

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