Former President George H.W. Bush released from hospital

Bush was treated at Houston Methodist Hospital for pneumonia


HOUSTON – Former President George H.W. Bush was released Monday from Houston Methodist Hospital, where he was treated for pneumonia, his spokesman, Jim McGrath said in a statement.

"He is thankful for the many prayers and kind messages he received during his stay, as well as the world-class care that both his doctors and nurses provided," McGrath said.

Bush was experiencing breathing difficulties when he was admitted Jan. 14.

During his treatment, which included a stay in intensive care, doctors inserted a breathing tube and connected him to a ventilator.

The nation's 41st president was joined at the hospital by his 91-year-old wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, who spent five days there for treatment of bronchitis until her release a week ago.

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