'Very happy' Bush leaves hospital after two months
AFPWASHINGTON -- Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush was released from hospital on Monday following more than two months of treatment for bronchitis, a bacterial infection and a persistent cough.
January 16, 2013, 11:45 am TWN
“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,” said physician Amy Mynderse.
Bush, at 88 the oldest surviving former president, was admitted to the Methodist Hospital in Houston on Nov. 7 and released after 12 days only to be readmitted four days later when his cough flared up again.
“I am deeply grateful for the wonderful doctors and nurses at Methodist who took such good care of me,” Bush said in a statement after being picked up by his wife Barbara shortly after noon local time (1800 GMT).
“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.”
White House spokesman Jay Carney rejoiced at the “great news” of Bush's release from the hospital.
“From 44 down, we all are relieved he's out of the hospital and wish him & his family well,” he tweeted on behalf of Barack Obama, the 44th U.S. president.