Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Robert Runcie is still in Holy Cross Hospital healing from a stubborn streptococcus infection. He has been hospitalized for more than a week.
Lord Runcie became ill on Aug. 23 during an Episcopal service at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City."He is still in hospital and he continues to improve, although the progress is slow," said the Rev. Canon Peter Eaton, who is associate pastor at St. Paul's church. "The infection lodged in his ankle and has proved to be severe and tenacious."
Canon Eaton said hopes are that Lord Runcie will be able to be released from the hospital by the end of the week.
Canon Eaton said Lord Runcie's wife, Lady Rosalind Runcie, returned to England on Monday "in order to prepare the way for us to go at the end of the week."
While at Holy Cross Hospital, Lord Runcie has been visited by President Gordon B. Hinckley, counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; the Most Rev. William K. Weigand, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake; and Sen. Orrin Hatch. He also has been visited regularly by Bishop George Bates of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah.