Televangelist Rex Humbard has improved slightly in the last few days while being treated for serious health problems at a Florida hospital, his son Rex Jr. said Monday.
Humbard, who started his television ministry in Akron in the 1950s, turned 88 Monday.
He suffers from congestive heart failure and complications from a hip replacement done late last month.
His son said he thought his father had a 50-50 chance of surviving a few days ago. Now, he puts the chances of recovery at 60 percent.
Humbard attracted millions of viewers to his broadcast sermons between 1958 and 1982 over more than 600 stations.
The broadcasts were from the Cathedral of Tomorrow in Cuyahoga Falls, which later was sold to televangelist Ernest Angley in 1994.