The Rev. Jerry Falwell (search) has recovered from the respiratory distress that sent him to the hospital a week ago, but will remain under care until doctors finish a battery of tests, a top aide to Falwell said Monday.

"He's well enough to go home right now, but until the doctors finish running all their tests, he'll stay in the hospital," said Ron Godwin, Falwell's executive assistant.

Godwin said he expected Falwell to be released in the middle of the week.

The 71-year-old television evangelist and founder of the Moral Majority (search) and Liberty University (search) was admitted to Lynchburg General Hospital in respiratory arrest on March 28 and had to be resuscitated.

He was listed in critical condition until Wednesday.

His son said Sunday that doctors had concluded Falwell does not suffer from congestive heart failure or coronary artery disease.

It was Falwell's second hospitalization in recent weeks. He left the hospital March 4 after nearly two weeks of treatment for viral pneumonia, several days of which he spent on a ventilator.