Former Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace showed more improvement Saturday, bouncing back from a potentially life-threatening blood infection common among paraplegics.

The 79-year-old paralyzed by a 1972 assassination attempt remained under intensive care in serious condition, but doctors at Jackson Hospital were pleased with his progress."This man is resilient like no man I've ever seen," hospital spokeswoman Victoria Jones said.

Wallace was hospitalized Thursday, suffering from breathing problems and septic shock caused by a severe bacterial infection. His condition was upgraded Friday afternoon from critical to serious.