George H.W. Bush could be out of hospital this weekend

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Former President Bush has been hospitalized for about a week in Houston for treatment of a lingering cough. Bush’s chief of staff, Jean Becker, says the 88-year-old former president is being treated for bronchitis at Houston’s Methodist Hospital and is expected to be released by the weekend. Enlarge photo

Charles Krupa/ Associated Press file photo Former President Bush has been hospitalized for about a week in Houston for treatment of a lingering cough. Bush’s chief of staff, Jean Becker, says the 88-year-old former president is being treated for bronchitis at Houston’s Methodist Hospital and is expected to be released by the weekend.

Former president George H.W. Bush is on track to be released from a Houston hospital as early as this weekend, officials said.

In a statement from the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Amy Mynderse said Bush, 88, who has been in and out of the hospital with viral bronchitis, is sitting up, moving and walking as much as he can to help his recovery. He is listed in stable condition.

“This was never a serious or life-threatening situation,” Mynderse said. “We simply wanted to prevent the progression of the disease into pneumonia, which is possible in any patient at this age.”

The hospital statement said Bush has been “treated with intravenous steroids and antibiotics. He developed a secondary bacterial infection, which has also improved. He is recovering from the effects of a lingering cough, which caused him some discomfort.”

Bush “is recovering quickly enough to possibly be discharged from the hospital this weekend,” the statement said.

Mynderse said, “He is definitely in great spirits. He is happy, joking and definitely getting better.”

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