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Benny Hinn has was in the Intensive Care Unit this weekend. The healing evangelist suffered from shortness of breath and doctors admitted him to an Orange County, California hospital for treatment after returning exhausted from a weeklong crusade in Brazil, Charisma News has learned. However, Hinn says doctors say he'll make a full recovery.
"This is a challenge, but I'm getting good reports," Hinn, who turned 62 last December, told me from his hospital bed in Southern California. "We don't have all the answers ... as we get older, our bodies need repair."
Jessica Hinn-Koulianos, Hinn's oldest daughter, told me he wasn't feeling himself after a week of ministry to crowds of over 100,000 people in Brazil. Her sister Tasha Gelyana who lives in Southern California had called her and said their father was feeling fatigued and had suffered shortness of breath after he returned from Brazil.
So she flew out to his home in California and urged him to see one of the best cardiologists in Southern California. Doctors treated him for lack of oxygen in his pulmonary system.
"He pushed his body too hard after being in Brazil. He's human, but he's upbeat and he'll be OK," says Hinn-Koulianos.
Hinn-Koulianos says her dad's heart rate was up to 200 beats per minute due to an atrial fibrillation issue. Also called AFib, the American Heart Association defines atrial fibrillation as "a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. Some people refer to AF as a quivering heart. An estimated 2.7 million Americans are living with AF."
"His heart rate is back to normal," Hinn-Koulianos says. "We believe God is going to heal him."
Don Price, a longtime senior executive for Benny Hinn Ministries, issued a statement for the family which says Hinn's physicians are conducting thorough tests which have been very positive. "Within a few weeks his doctors say he will be on his feet ministering around the world, just as he has for over 40 years," the statement said.
Hinn praised his doctors for taking such good care of him. He told me he's "not normal yet, but at least I have no shortness of breath. Pray that the Lord will touch me—and God's will to be done in my life."
Hinn-Koulianos added: "The doctor told me my dad has helped so many people that he was going to be sure to do his best to get his health back to normal. (Finding that doctor) was a God thing."
She said both Pat Robertson of CBN and Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke had called Hinn to pray with him, and that Bonnke was flying out to pray for him in person later today.
People around the globe know Hinn as an evangelist, teacher and the author of best-selling books including Good Morning, Holy Spirit. His TV program, This Is Your Day, is among the world's most-watched Christian programs, seen daily in 200 countries.