Update 4/19 (12:30 a.m.): Prison Fellowship tweeted the following: #ColsonNews update: Despite erroneous reports, PFM CEO Jim Liske reports Chuck Colson remains alive in hospital w/family at his side

Update 4/18: Jim Liske, CEO of Prison Fellowship Ministries, gave the following update this morning: "It is with a heavy, but hopeful heart that I share with you that it appears our friend, brother and founder will soon be home with the Lord. Chuck's condition took a decided turn yesterday, and the doctors advised Patty and the family to gather by his bedside."

Earlier: Charles Colson is recovering in critical condition after falling ill at a conference and undergoing surgery last week. The founder of Prison Fellowship had surgery on March 31 to remove a clot of blood on the surface of his brain after he had an intracerebral hemorrhage. On Thursday morning, his doctor said that Colson shows some encouraging signs.

"It's still very an hour-by-hour, day-by-day process as we're hoping his condition will improve," said Timothy George, dean of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University. "It may be a longer process of recovery, but we're grateful that he is somewhat cognizant."

Colson had a pacemaker installed recently and had a recent fall, George said.

Colson was giving the opening address at his conference over the weekend when he buckled at the knees, said Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, who spoke at the conference. Colson sat down to continue his introduction before he was put in a wheelchair and taken to a hospital across from Lansdowne Resort in Virginia.

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