Merle Haggard Returns to Hospital
Merle Haggard attempted to go home to Northern California last week, following treatment for double pneumonia. However, he returned to the hospital partway through the bus ride, realizing something still wasn’t right.
The Associated Press reports that the 74-year-old singer was found to have three stomach ulcers, eight polyps in his colon and diverticulitis of the esophagus. A hospital spokeswoman says that he’s now undergoing aggressive treatment for the pneumonia.
“Thanks to all the wonderful people all over the world that prayed their special prayers. I’m a new man,” Haggard said in a statement issued through the hospital. “Another special thanks to the folks of Macon, Ga., for their kindness, intelligence and probably saving my life.”