Elder Bush Moved Out of Intensive Care

41st president in good spirits and alert: spokesman

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Dec 29, 2012 4:25 PM CST

(Newser) – Former President George HW Bush's condition continued to improve today, prompting doctors to move him out of intensive care, a spokesman said. "President Bush's condition has improved, so he has been moved today from the intensive care unit to a regular patient room at The Methodist Hospital to continue his recovery," family spokesman Jim McGrath said Saturday. "The Bushes thank everyone for their prayers and good wishes."

The 88-year-old Bush was hospitalized Nov. 23 for treatment of a bronchitis-related cough. He was moved to intensive care at the Houston hospital on Dec. 23 after he developed a fever. On Friday, McGrath said Bush had improved since arriving in the ICU. He said he was alert and in good spirits and was even doing some singing. McGrath said this morning that future updates on Bush's condition would be made as warranted. Bush, the 41st president, is the country's oldest living former president by a few months.

This undated image released by HBO shows former President George H.W. Bush in Kennebunkport, Maine.   (AP Photo/HBO, Jeffrey Roth)
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