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UPDATE: Former President George H.W. Bush’s Health Improves

He was moved from the Intensive Care Unit into a regular patient room

FILE – In this Feb. 5, 2017, file photo, former President George H.W. Bush arrives on the field for a coin toss before the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

President George H. W. Bush has been moved from the intensive care unit at Houston Methodist Hospital to a regular patient room, and is expected to continue his recovery there for several more days. He is alert and talking with hospital staff, family and friends, and his doctors are very pleased with his progress.

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Former President George H.W. Bush is thanking Houston for its “professionalism and obvious care” during the memorials and services for his wife, Barbara Bush.

In a tweet posted Wednesday morning, the 93-year-old Bush thanks Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, the Houston Police and Metro Houston, Second Baptist Church and St. Martin’s Episcopal Church “and really all Houstonians” for “making Barbara’s visitors and funeral guests feel so welcomed.”

The former first lady died April 17.

The 41st president makes no mention of his own health in his tweet. He has been in Houston Methodist Hospital since Sunday, a day after his wife’s funeral, for treatment of an infection that’s spread to his blood.

Jim McGrath, a family spokesman, had said Bush was “responding and recovering.”

Mayor Turner wished former President George H.W. Bush a prompt recovery, and Metro Houston sent their best wishes. 

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