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Former President George H.W. Bush improving, out of intensive care

December 29, 2012|By Andrew Khouri
  • Former President George H.W. Bush, shown in June with wife Barbara, has been moved into a regular patient room at Methodist Hospital in Houston.
Former President George H.W. Bush, shown in June with wife Barbara, has… (Charles Krupa / Associated…)

Former President George H.W. Bush has been moved out of intensive care at a Houston hospital after his condition improved, a family spokesman said Saturday.

Bush, the oldest surviving president at 88, is now in a regular patient room at Methodist Hospital, where he will continue his recovery, the spokesman said.

“The Bushes thank everyone for their prayers and good wishes," family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement.

Bush was admitted to the Houston hospital Nov. 23 suffering from a bronchial cough. McGrath said earlier this week that a series of setbacks, including a persistent fever, caused doctors to move Bush into the intensive care unit Sunday.

On Friday, McGrath said Bush’s doctors and his family were "cautiously optimistic that the current course of treatment will be effective."

McGrath said Bush, a World War II veteran, former CIA director and father of former President George W. Bush, was in good spirits and even engaged in singing with his doctors and nurses. 

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