Bush senior should be home from hospital for Christmas

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, December 13, 2012 17:43 EDT
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George H.W. Bush at the Republican National Convention (Flickr/PBS)
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Former US president George H.W. Bush will probably be discharged from a Texas hospital in time to celebrate Christmas at home after weeks of treatment for bronchitis, his spokesman said Thursday.

“George Bush is the most relentlessly upbeat person on the planet, ” spokesman Jim McGrath told AFP.

“The fact that he is receiving such terrific care from the doctors and nurses at Methodist (Hospital) has made this prolonged stay bearable for a man who doesn’t like sitting still for long.”

Bush, who is 88, was first admitted to Methodist Hospital in Houston on November 7 and discharged on November 19. But the bronchitis flared up again and he was readmitted on November 23.

“President Bush’s condition has steadily improved to the point that, instead of battling the lingering effects of bronchitis, the focus of his treatment now centers on a physical therapy program designed to increase his strength in advance of his eventual discharge,” McGrath added.

“No release date has been set — but at his current pace of progress, doctors expect that he will be able to celebrate Christmas at home with his family.”

Bush, a Republican, was president from 1989 to 1993 and sent US forces into Iraq in the first Gulf war after Saddam Hussein’s forces invaded Kuwait.

He has also served as vice president, a congressman and director of the CIA.

His granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager — daughter of former president George W. Bush — announced Wednesday that she is pregnant with her first child.

McGrath said Bush is “over the moon” about the news.

Hager, 31, made the announcement on the NBC ‘Today’ morning show where she has been a correspondent since 2009.

[Image via PBS, Creative Commons licensed]

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