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Former Gov. George Wallace's relatives say they are heartened by his continuing improvement but know he faces long odds to recover from a life-threatening blood infection.

"It's safe to say it's an uphill battle. But he continues to battle and that's what's important," said state Treasurer George Wallace Jr.The elder Wallace, 73, remained in critical condition Monday morning at Jackson Hospital, where he was admitted on Friday.

"The prognosis is still poor," hospital spokeswoman Vicky Jones said Monday. "When Governor Wallace came in, the doctors said his odds of recovery were roughly 10 percent. He continues to improve, although the improvements are very marginal."

Wallace's vital signs remained stable, Jones said, and doctors were attempting to wean him from the respirator that aided his breathing. He "had a little more restless night than he did the previous night," she said.