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Prayers go out to hospitalized COGIC bishop

Prayers are going out around the world this evening for a popular Mid-South minister.

COGIC Bishop G.E. Patterson was hospitalized Thursday because of a hematoma.

He and his staff want to make sure parishioners know the Hematoma is not related to the prostate cancer Bishop Patterson began fighting last year.

While they wait for details of his recovery, COGIC members are keeping their faith close.

"I believe prayer will intercede and I believe prayer will work, it has in so many other occassions," said COGIC member Marilynn Carpenter.

COGIC's Chief Operating Officer Bishop Jerry Maynard says Bishop Patterson is doing well and is even able to give directions for the local and national church from his bed.

"A hematoma is an abnormal collection of blood inside the body and a hematoma can be anywhere in the body," said Dr. Ray Walther, of Methodist University Hospital. "Basically, it's like a blood blister under the skin."

Dr. Walther said that a hematoma is usually caused by some sort of fall or trauma to the body, but they're generally not life threatening.

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