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George H.W. Bush’s health on rebound; Barbara Bush released from hospital

By Brian Murphy

Former first lady Barbara Bush was discharged Monday from a Houston hospital, and former president George H.W. Bush should be moved soon from the intensive care unit at the same facility after being treated for pneumonia-related respiratory problems, doctors said.

The 92-year-old former president was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital on Jan. 14 with breathing difficulties and was temporarily fitted with a tube to help his respiration. Barbara Bush, 91, was suffering from bronchitis and entered the hospital last Wednesday.

Amy Mynderse, one of the doctors treating the couple, said the former president has been sitting up and watching television. “He is a really strong person. He is not your average 92 year old,” she told reporters.

Mynderse said the former first lady was released from the hospital earlier Monday and “is back to her normal self.”

On Sunday, Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath said the former president’s vital signs were normal and that doctors hoped he could be moved out of intensive care early this week. Doctors said the transfer from ICU could come as early as later Monday, and he could be released from the hospital later this week.

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