Former US president George HW Bush out of intensive care

Former Presidents George W. Bush, and George H.W. Bush arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush in Houston, Texas, on April 21, 2018.
Former Presidents George W. Bush, and George H.W. Bush arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush in Houston, Texas, on April 21, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS
Former US President George H.W. Bush arrives on the field to do the coin toss ahead of the start of Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons in Houston, Texas, US, on Feb 5, 2017.
Former US President George H.W. Bush arrives on the field to do the coin toss ahead of the start of Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons in Houston, Texas, US, on Feb 5, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS
Former US President George H.W. Bush exits the funeral of his wife First Lady Barbara Bush, followed by his daughter-in-law former First Lady Laura Bush and former President George W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, on April
Former US President George H.W. Bush exits the funeral of his wife First Lady Barbara Bush, followed by his daughter-in-law former First Lady Laura Bush and former President George W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, on April 21, 2018. PHOTOS: AFP
Former US President George H. W. Bush looking at the casket of his late wife, former first lady Barbara Bush with his daughter Dorothy "Doro" Bush Koch during the visitation at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, US, April 20, 2018.
Former US President George H. W. Bush looking at the casket of his late wife, former first lady Barbara Bush with his daughter Dorothy "Doro" Bush Koch during the visitation at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, US, April 20, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS
Former President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush during a presidential vacation in Kennebunkport, Maine, US, in this undated photo.
Former President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush during a presidential vacation in Kennebunkport, Maine, US, in this undated photo. PHOTO: REUTERS
US President George W. Bush (right) waves alongside his parents, former President George Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush upon their arrival Fort Hood, Texas, on April 8, 2007.
US President George W. Bush (right) waves alongside his parents, former President George Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush upon their arrival Fort Hood, Texas, on April 8, 2007. PHOTO: REUTERS

AUSTIN, TEXAS (REUTERS) - Former US President George HW Bush has been moved from an intensive care unit at Houston Methodist Hospital to a regular patient room as he recovers from an infection that spread to his blood, a spokesman said on Wednesday (April 25).

The 93-year-old former president “is alert and talking with hospital staff, family and friends, and his doctors are very pleased with his progress,” spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement.

Bush, a Republican who served a single term from 1989 to 1993, is expected to continue his recovery in the hospital for several more days, McGrath said.

Bush was admitted to the Houston hospital on Sunday, a day after he attended the funeral of his wife, Barbara, a former first lady who died on April 17.

The couple had been married for 73 years.

“President Bush naturally thanks everyone for their prayers and good wishes,” the statement said.

“He also wants to assure everyone that, as good as he feels now, he is more focused on the Houston Rockets closing out their playoff series against the Minnesota Timberwolves than anything that landed him in the hospital,” the statement said, referring to Houston’s National Basketball Association team.

 
 

McGrath has said that Bush, the oldest living US president, is being treated for an infection that spread to his blood.

Bush was admitted to the same hospital about a year ago for a cough that was later diagnosed as a mild case of pneumonia, McGrath said at the time.

Bush is the father of former Republican President George W. Bush, who served two terms from 2001 through 2009, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who unsuccessfully sought the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.