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Chuck Colson Gives Thumbs Up, Shows Signs of Recovery

By Dave Andrusko

Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship, speaking to hundreds of pastors and ministry leaders at the 19th Annual National Conference in Woodbridge, Va. on Tuesday, April 9, 2008.

Chuck Colson, pro-life author and founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries, has shown signs of recovery after undergoing surgery to remove a pool of clotted blood on his brain, according to Jim Liske, CEO of Prison Fellowship Ministries.

“Colson can hear, process information and execute commands given to him – ‘And that makes all the difference,’ said his attending physician,” Liske said in a Thursday update.

The Christian Post reported

“The prominent evangelical leader’s daughter, Emily, also reported that on Wednesday evening, Colson gave doctors a thumbs up to say all is well.

“Patty Colson, his wife, commented, ‘We are so thankful for the prayers of many friends from around the world. We are seeing hopeful signs of progress with Chuck. We fully trust in our Lord.’

“The well-known author and commentator continues to be listed in critical condition and remains in the neurological intensive care unit.”

Colson was speaking at a conference last Friday when his speech became garbled and he had to sit down, according to witnesses at the event. “He was taken by helicopter to a nearby hospital, where he underwent evaluation and then surgery early Saturday,” the Baptist Press reported.On Tuesday, Prison Fellowship Ministries issued a statement which said

“Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship, Justice Fellowship and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, underwent surgery on Saturday morning to remove a pool of clotted blood on the surface of his brain. Colson became ill while speaking at the Wilberforce Weekend conference on Friday night.

“His attending physician, a cerebrovascular neurosurgeon, reports that Colson suffered an intracerebral hemorrhage.  On his arrival at the hospital, the neuroscience ICU stabilized him and took him to the operating room for evacuation of the blood clot in his brain.

“Colson is listed in critical condition at this point but has shown some early signs of potential for recovery.”

On Tuesday Liske also said, “We believe that we serve a mighty God – the ‘Great Physician’ – and are hoping and praying for Chuck’s full recovery. When I visited him yesterday, I was encouraged to see that as we prayed, Chuck was responsive.”

Colson will not be ministering to inmates in prison this Easter Sunday for the first time in 34 years.

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