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George HW Bush Released From Hospital
Former US President George HW Bush has been discharged from a Texas hospital after nearly two months of treatment for a bronchitis-related cough.
A spokesman for the 41st president said the 88-year-old Mr Bush was released on Monday from Methodist Hospital in Houston.
"I am deeply grateful for the wonderful doctors and nurses at Methodist who took such good care of me," Mr Bush said in a statement released by family spokesman Jim McGrath.
"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."
Mr Bush had been in the hospital for about a month for treatment for a persistent cough in December when his office disclosed he was in intensive care. Doctors were having difficulty controlling a fever that developed.
On December 29, Mr Bush's office said the former president had improved and was transferred back to a regular hospital room.
Since then, his condition has continued to improve and he has been undergoing physical therapy to rebuild his strength.
"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," Dr Amy Mynderse, the internal medicine physician in charge of the former president's care, said in Monday's statement.
Mr Bush and his wife Barbara live in Houston during the winter and spend their summers at a home in Kennebunkport, Maine. On January 6, the couple celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary. They are the longest-married presidential couple.
Mr Bush had served two terms as Ronald Reagan's Vice President when he was elected to the Oval Office in 1988. Four years later, after a term highlighted by the success of the 1991 Gulf War in Kuwait, he lost to Democrat Bill Clinton.