George H.W. Bush discharged from hospital

Former President George H.W. Bush gestures during an event in Berlin on October 31, 2009. MICHAEL GOTTSCHALK

Former President George H.W. Bush's extended hospital stay ended today. He was discharged from Houston Methodist Hospital after being treated for complications to bronchitis.

"Mr. Bush has improved to the point that he will not need any special medication when he goes home, but he will continue physical therapy," Dr. Amy Mynderse, the internal medicine physician in charge of care, said in a statement.

The 41st president was admitted on November 23 for bronchitis. Complications quickly arose, including a persistent fever, cough and bacterial infection, causing him to receive intensive care for several weeks and leading to fears that the 88-year old's health would continue to decline.

"I am deeply grateful for the wonderful doctors and nurses at Methodist who took such good care of me," said Mr. Bush in a statement.

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