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UPDATE: Former President Bush Moved Out Of Intensive Care

A spokesman says former President George H.W. Bush's condition continues to improve and that he was moved Saturday out of intensive care and into a regular hospital room.

Family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement Saturday that the Bushes thank everyone for their prayers and good wishes.

Bush was hospitalized Nov. 23 for treatment of a bronchitis-related cough. He was moved to intensive care at Houston's Methodist Hospital on Dec. 23 after he developed a fever.

Bush, the 41st president, is the country's oldest living former president by a few months.

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HOUSTON (AP) -- A spokesman says former President George H.W. Bush is in the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital.

Bush's spokesman, Jim McGrath, said Wednesday evening that the former president has been in the ICU at Methodist Hospital since Sunday.

No details were immediately provided. But earlier Wednesday, McGrath said a fever that kept Bush in the hospital over Christmas had gotten worse and that doctors had put him on a liquids-only diet.

A bronchitis-like cough initially brought Bush to the hospital on Nov. 23.

McGrath says the cough has improved, and that the 88-year-old is now coughing about once a day.


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A spokesman says the fever that kept former President George H.W. Bush in the hospital over Christmas is gone.

Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said Wednesday that doctors at the Houston hospital where the ex-president has been treated for a month remain "cautiously optimistic" that he will recover. Still, no discharge date has been set, and McGrath says that doctors are being cautious because Bush is 88 and "sometimes issues crop up that are beyond anybody's ability to discern or foretell."

The former president was initially hospitalized with a bronchitis-like cough.

He has been visited over the holiday by his sons, Neil Bush and former president George W. Bush, along with other family members. McGrath says Bush's youngest daughter, Dora, is arriving in Houston on Wednesday.


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