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'Very happy' former US president George H.W. Bush leaves hospital

Published on Jan 15, 2013 6:11 AM
Former US President George H.W. Bush waves as he leaves the East Room following the official portrait unveiling of his son former US President George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush in this May 31, 2012 file photo at the White House in Washington. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Former United States (US) president George H.W. Bush was released from hospital on Monday following more than two months of treatment for bronchitis, a bacterial infection and a persistent cough.

"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," said physician Amy Mynderse.

Mr Bush, at 88 the oldest surviving former president, was admitted to the Methodist Hospital in Houston on Nov 7 and released after 12 days only to be readmitted four days later when his cough flared up again.

"I am deeply grateful for the wonderful doctors and nurses at Methodist who took such good care of me," Mr Bush said in a statement after being picked up by his wife Barbara shortly after noon local time (2am Singapore time).

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