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NEW INFORMATION: Ex-President George H.W. Bush leaves the hospital

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

HOUSTON (AP) -- Former President George H.W. Bush has left a Houston hospital where he spent nearly two months recovering from an illness that began with a bronchitis-related cough.

Bush spokesman Jim McGrath says the 88-year-old Bush was released Monday from Methodist Hospital.

He was admitted Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving, for treatment of complications resulting from bronchitis. He'd spent about a week at the hospital earlier that month for the same ailment.

Doctors said the most recent extended treatment was intended to avoid yet another hospital stay.

Antibiotics and steroids were prescribed to treat the cough. Doctors consistently said the illness wasn't life-threatening but that they wanted to prevent it from worsening to pneumonia.

Bush also spent a week in intensive care in order to knock down a fever.
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HOUSTON (AP) -- A spokesman says the fever that kept former President George H.W. Bush in a Houston hospital over Christmas has worsened, and doctors have put him on a liquids-only diet.

Jim McGrath had said earlier Wednesday that the fever had gone away. He later corrected himself and said the fever "elevated" in recent days. McGrath says doctors also put the 88-year-old former president on a liquid diet, though he could not say why.

McGrath says doctors have been treating the "stubborn" fever with Tylenol but still haven't nailed down a cause.

He says the bronchitis-like cough that initially brought Bush to the hospital on Nov. 23 has improved and the 41st president now coughs only about once a day.

Bush's daughter, Dorothy, is to arrive Wednesday in Houston from Bethesda, Md.

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HOUSTON (AP) -- A spokesman says the fever that kept former President George H.W. Bush in the hospital over Christmas is gone.

Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said Wednesday that doctors at the Houston hospital where the ex-president has been treated for a month remain "cautiously optimistic" that he will recover. Still, no discharge date has been set, and McGrath says that doctors are being cautious because Bush is 88 and "sometimes issues crop up that are beyond anybody's ability to discern or foretell."

The former president was initially hospitalized with a bronchitis-like cough.

He has been visited over the holiday by his sons, Neil Bush and former president George W. Bush, along with other family members. McGrath says Bush's youngest daughter, Dora, is arriving in Houston on Wednesday.

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HOUSTON (AP) -- Former President George H.W. Bush will spend Christmas in a Houston hospital after developing a fever and weakness following a monthlong, bronchitis-like cough.

Bush's spokesman Jim McGrath said Monday that doctors remain "cautiously optimistic" the 88-year-old former president will recover, but they want to keep him in the hospital.

A hospital spokesman had said last week that doctors expected Bush to be released in time to spend Christmas at home.

McGrath says Bush came down with a fever last week, and doctors are also trying to balance his medications and help him regain strength. McGrath says Bush has largely overcome the painful, lingering cough that initially brought him to Methodist Hospital on Nov. 23.

McGrath says he does not know what caused the fever or the weakness.
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Story from December 5:

HOUSTON (AP) -- Former President George H.W. Bush is undergoing more physical therapy as part of treatment for a painful cough that has forced him to stay in a Houston hospital for almost two weeks.

Methodist Hospital spokesman George Kovacik said Wednesday that the 41st president remains in stable condition with a bronchitis-related cough.

Kovacik says the 88-year-old Bush has progressed to the point where he is increasing his physical therapy activities. Kovacik says doctors are pleased with Bush's improvement. No date is set for his discharge.

Bush has been hospitalized since the day after Thanksgiving. Bush's ailment is described as not life-threatening but painful.

Bush and his wife, Barbara, split their time between homes in Houston and Kennebunkport, Maine.
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HOUSTON (AP) -- Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston for treatment of a lingering cough.

Bush's chief of staff, Jean Becker, says the 88-year-old former president is being treated for bronchitis at Houston's Methodist Hospital. She says he was admitted last Friday and is expected to be released by the weekend.

Becker told the Houston Chronicle on Thursday that the illness was not life-threatening but there had been concerns it could have developed into pneumonia.

Becker's office referred questions to Bush's spokesman, who did not immediately respond to calls from The Associated Press.

Bush's son, former President George W. Bush, has been among visitors.


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