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Posted: April 19, 2017

George H.W. Bush discharged from hospital after pneumonia, bronchitis

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George H.W. Bush discharged from hospital after pneumonia, bronchitis
FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2017, file photo, former President George H.W. Bush arrives on the field for a coin toss before the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots in Houston. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston since last Friday, Aprul 14, 2017, with a recurrence of a case of pneumonia he had earlier in the year. Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement Tuesday, April 18, 2017, doctors determined he had a mild case of pneumonia which has been treated and resolved. McGrath said the former president 'is in very good spirits and is being held for further observation while he regains his strength.' (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

By Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

HOUSTON —

Former President George H.W. Bush was discharged from a hospital Friday, two weeks after being brought to the facility with a mild case of pneumonia, a spokesman for the 92-year-old said.

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Bush was treated for a mild case of pneumonia and chronic bronchitis before his discharge Friday morning, spokesman Jim McGrath said.

“President and Mrs. Bush are very pleased to be home spending time with family and friends, and grateful for the outstanding care provided by his doctors and nurses,” he said.

Bush was taken to Houston Methodist Hospital on April 14 with a persistent cough. Doctors determined that the 41st president had pneumonia and successfully treated him, McGrath said.

Dr. Clint Doerr, a pulmonologist at Houston Methodist Hospital, said on Tuesday that despite Bush’s recovery, he continued to deal with chronic bronchitis, “a condition more prevalent with age.”

“This means his airway has a constant, low-level of inflammation that can aggravate the symptoms of pneumonia,” Doerr said.

McGrath said last week that Bush would remain hospitalized as a precaution ahead a scheduled trip to Maine with his wife, Barbara Bush.

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“President Bush feels terrific and is buoyed by regular visits from his family and phone calls with friends such as (former Vice  President) Dan Quayle,” he said.

The hospitalization is the second this year for Bush. He was hospitalized for two weeks in January with a case of bacterial pneumonia. His wife, Barbara Bush, was also briefly hospitalized with viral bronchitis.


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