BANGOR, Maine - Stephen King was expected to remain in a Maine hospital on Thanksgiving as he recovers from pneumonia, a spokesman said.
King is conscious and in good spirits, and is expected to recover fully, his spokesman, Warren Silver, said Wednesday. He's likely to remain in Eastern Maine Medical Center for several days, Silver said.
The best-selling author had been diagnosed with pneumonia in his right lung before a recent trip to New York to receive an honorary National Book Award for lifetime achievement. His condition worsened when he returned to Maine and the pneumonia spread to the other lung, Silver said.
"He had been walking around with it, and it got worse and worse."
King checked into the hospital Sunday. He underwent a procedure on Tuesday to remove fluid and scar tissue from the right lung, Silver said.
The 56-year-old King, whose best sellers include "Carrie" and "The Shining," requested no visitors except his family, and no flowers.
"Stephen and his family ask only for good wishes and prayers, and at this time, when we celebrate the bounty of our country, that we remember those who are in need," said a statement from Silver.
King was also hospitalized after a 1999 accident in which he was struck by a van while walking near his summer home in Lovell.