George H.W. Bush Leaves Hospital

Doctors say former president has mostly recovered, won't need special medication at home.

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Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara Bush arrive for the premiere of HBO's new documentary on his life near the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine on Tuesday, June 12, 2012.
Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara Bush arrive for the premiere of HBO's new documentary on his life near the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine on Tuesday, June 12, 2012.

The worst appears to be over for former President George H.W. Bush. Doctors released him from Methodist Hospital in Houston as he continued to recover from bronchitis and an infection, a family spokesman said Monday.

Bush, 88, was hospitalized November 23 with a bad cough but his condition worsened and doctors put him in the intensive care unit for several days.

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His doctor said Bush has made enough progress that he won't need special medications at home but he is being advised to continue physical therapy.

"I am deeply grateful for the wonderful doctors and nurses ... who took such good care of me," Bush noted in a public statement. He said, "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."

Bush served one term as president from 1989-93.

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  • Ken Walsh covers the White House and politics for U.S. News. He writes the daily blog, "Ken Walsh's Washington," for usnews.com, and is the author of "The Presidency" column for the U.S. News Weekly. He can be reached at kwalsh@usnews.com and followed on Facebook and Twitter.

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