President Ezra Taft Benson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints remained in intensive care and in serious but stable condition early Friday at LDS Hospital, a nursing supervisor said.
The 91-year-old church leader was admitted to the hospital Sept. 18 after complaining of severe headaches and difficulty swallowing. The following day physicians operated to remove two large blood clots from each side of his brain. He underwent a second operation Sept. 23 when one of the clots reformed.On Sept. 28, a week ago Friday, President Benson was moved from intensive care into a regular room and enjoyed his first solid meal at the hospital. He was able to sit up periodically and to visit with his family, associates and church leaders. Because of his progress, doctors hoped he could be released from the hospital before the church's general conference opened.
But President Benson was moved back into ICU Sunday, Sept. 30, after gastrointestinal bleeding was detected.