Gateway Church founder and pastor being treated for pneumonia, spokesman says

The popular pastor and founder of a Southlake megachurch is being treated for pneumonia, a church spokesman said Wednesday.

Pastor Robert Morris of Gateway Church underwent several emergency surgeries to stem internal bleeding Sunday and Monday night following a hernia operation on April 2, spokesman Lawrence Swicegood said.

On Wednesday evening, the church announced on its that Morris had undergone a CT scan and that there were no further signs of internal bleeding.

Swicegood said Tuesday that Morris underwent a surgery to discover the cause of internal bleeding Monday night. The surgeon was able to stop the bleeding, he said.

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Swicegood said Wednesday morning that Morris had another good night of rest Tuesday night.

The church said on Facebook that Morris had been flown to a hospital Sunday to treat complications from his surgery for a hernia on April 2.

Surgeons initially said they believed Morris had an infection, according to the Facebook page, and soon they discovered the internal bleeding.

Gateway Church founder and pastor Robert Morris has undergone two surgeries for internal bleeding since Sunday. Gateway Church via Facebook

An operation late Sunday night stabilized him for nearly a day, but when he began to complain of pressure and pain in his abdomen, he was operated on again shortly after 8 p.m. Monday.

Early Tuesday morning, the Facebook page reported that Morris “had a good night” and that his blood pressure and vital signs were stable.

“All indications are that he‘s on the road to recovery,” Swicegood said.

Thousands of people posted prayers and many attended prayer vigils or watched them online, Swicegood said.

“It‘s unbelievable that not only our own congregants but churches and pastors from all over the world have been in touch with us, praying for Pastor Robert,” Swicegood said. “It‘s been very touching.”

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