Visitors and Flowers Spook Stephen King
Stephen King is slowly but surely on the mend, having beaten his current bout with pneumonia, a spokesman for the horror master tells PEOPLE.
But King, 56, will remain at Bangor's Eastern Maine Medical Center because he's still experiencing pain in his right leg from when he was accidentally hit by a van in 1999 while walking on the side of a country road near his home in North Lovell, said his spokesman Warren Silver.
"He's recovering from the pneumonia. I wouldn't say he's totally recovered, but not enough to be in the hospital," said Silver.
The doctors are doing "an extensive work-up connected to the car accident. He's had serious leg pain ever since the accident and they're trying to figure out why and what they can do about it."
Silver says it's hoped that surgery can be avoided. "He's anxious to get out," Silver stressed. "He's a good guy and a cooperative patient but he wants to be out of the hospital, and he wants to be better."
Meanwhile, there's still not word on when he might be released. "It's a day-by-day basis," says Silver. While in the hospital, King's visitors list is highly restricted -- and he wants no flowers.
He has, however, received "lots of letters. There's lots of concern and he's got some great fans, so he gets a lot of attention."
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