Former President George Bush Continues Recovery at Home

Former president George H.W. Bush is home again after spending nearly two months in the hospital.

Former President Bush is now at his home in the Tanglewood area after spending seven weeks in Methodist Hospital.

Bush Family Spokesman Jim McGrath says Mr. Bush, who is 88 years old, will continue to undergo physical therapy from home.

“When you’re in the hospital for that extended period of time, it does sap some strength. And so some additional conditioning will be necessary, but he can do that at home. And so just wonderful news that they were able to get him to the point where he could be discharged and he’s 100 percent.”

President Bush had been hospitalized because of a lingering cough from bronchitis. He worsened over the Christmas holidays and spent several days in the intensive care unit at Methodist. Over the seven week period he was treated for the cough and bronchitis and a bacterial infection.

McGrath says the Bushes want Houstonians to know how much they appreciate all the support from the community.

“He’s happy to be out of there, he’s happy to be getting back to life and I know he appreciates all the well wishes he’s received from his fellow Houstonians. He’s very concerned that he’s not going to be able to thank everybody in person, but I know he would want me to get a note of thanks out there to everybody who sent their prayers and good wishes because they helped.”

Bush’s doctors say he won’t need any special medications or treatments at home other than the physical therapy to regain his strength.


Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson


Laurie is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Laurie has covered a wide variety of topics for HPM, including the crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and numerous elections. She is a frequent contributor to NPR and has been...

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