Former President George H.W. Bush leaves the hospital - New York News

Former President George H.W. Bush leaves the hospital

Posted: Updated:
Former President George H. W. Bush in June 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File) Former President George H. W. Bush in June 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

By MICHAEL GRACZYK | AP

HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush was released from a Texas hospital and went home Monday after spending nearly two months being treated for a bronchitis-related cough and other health issues, a family spokesman said.

Bush, 88, the oldest living former U.S. president, was admitted on Nov. 23. His stay included a week in intensive care last month.

"I am deeply grateful for the wonderful doctors and nurses at Methodist who took such good care of me," Bush said in a statement released by spokesman Jim McGrath. "Let me add just how touched we were by the many get-well messages we received from our friends and fellow Americans. Your prayers and good wishes helped more than you know, and as I head home my only concern is that I will not be able to thank each of you for your kind words."

Bush had been in the hospital for about a month before his office disclosed in late December that he was in intensive care because physicians were having difficulty controlling a fever that developed after the cough improved.

His office said on Dec. 29 that he had been moved back to a regular hospital room. Since then, his condition has continued to improve, and he has been undergoing physical therapy to rebuild his strength.

"Mr. Bush has improved to the point that he will not need any special medication when he goes home, but he will continue physical therapy," Amy Mynderse, the doctor in charge of Bush's care, said in Monday's statement.

Bush's office said he was treated for a bacterial infection, along with the bronchitis and cough.

Bush and his wife, Barbara, live in Texas during the winter and spend their summers at a home in Maine. On Jan. 6, they celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary.

"The problem now is, he's no longer going to be hampered by all these nurses and health care providers in the hospital; now his caregiver is Barbara Bush," Bush's son, Jeb, joked Monday.

"Now I'm going to have to call my mother and apologize," he quickly added.

Bush had served two terms as Ronald Reagan's vice president when he was elected in 1988 to be the nation's 41st president. Four years later, after a term highlighted by the success of the 1991 Gulf War in Kuwait, he lost to Democrat Bill Clinton amid voter concerns about the economy.

Bush suffers from a form of Parkinson's disease that has forced him in recent years to use a motorized scooter or wheelchair to get around.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • NYC subway report card

    NYC subway report card

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:09 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:09:16 GMT
    "A mixed bag": That's how the Straphangers Campaign characterizes New York City subways; some good parts and some bad. For example, the C train breaks down most often, not surprising since the line has 50-year-old cars. But C trains were also the cleanest in the transit system.Straphangers said the worst subway trains were the IRT's No. 2.
    "A mixed bag": That's how the Straphangers Campaign characterizes New York City subways; some good parts and some bad. For example, the C train breaks down most often, not surprising since the line has 50-year-old cars. But C trains were also the cleanest in the transit system.Straphangers said the worst subway trains were the IRT's No. 2.
  • Plane evacuated after landing at LaGuardia

    Plane evacuated after landing at LaGuardia

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:44 PM EDT2014-07-30 20:44:01 GMT
    A small jetliner made an emergency landing at LaGuardia Airport Wednesday afternoon shortly after taking off, authorities said. American Eagle Flight 3340, carrying 44 passengers and three crew members, departed LaGuardia heading for Knoxville, Tenn., when it had to turn around because of a maintenance issue, the Port Authority said.
    A small jetliner made an emergency landing at LaGuardia Airport Wednesday afternoon shortly after taking off, authorities said. American Eagle Flight 3340, carrying 44 passengers and three crew members, departed LaGuardia heading for Knoxville, Tenn., when it had to turn around because of a maintenance issue, the Port Authority said.
  • Newark police officer shot

    Newark police officer shot

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:33 PM EDT2014-07-30 20:33:01 GMT
    A Newark police officer was shot in the leg while on duty Wednesday afternoon. The officer, an 18-year veteran of the force assigned to the 5th Precinct, suffered a gunshot wound in his lower leg, according to the head of the police union. He was brought to University Hospital in Newark and appears to be in "relatively good shape," according to James Stewart Jr., the union head.
    A Newark police officer was shot in the leg while on duty Wednesday afternoon. The officer, an 18-year veteran of the force assigned to the 5th Precinct, suffered a gunshot wound in his lower leg, according to the head of the police union. He was brought to University Hospital in Newark and appears to be in "relatively good shape," according to James Stewart Jr., the union head.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices