Father Andrew Greeley, the best-selling novelist and newspaper columnist, is in “critical but stable” condition at a suburban Chicago hospital after a fall on Friday afternoon.
The 80-year-old priest reportedly snagged his jacket in a taxicab door and fell, hitting his head, the Chicago Sun-Times says. He fractured his skull and the left orbital bone near his eye, suffering bleeding on the brain.
Greeley friend and attorney Terry Goggin on Saturday told the Chicago Sun-Times the priest “looked good.”
“You know, he’s a fighter and a tough guy. He was restless last night. He’s got everything they want in a patient. All the signs are very positive,” Goggin said.
Earlier on Friday the priest author had delivered a lecture at a convention of the Religious Education Association at a Chicago-area hotel. The Chicago-born Greeley has written more than 50 novels and writes a column for the Chicago Sun-Times.