Presidential Update

Former President Bush gets an early New Year's gift: He's out of the hospital and back home

Former President Bush gets early New Year's gift: He's back home

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Following a week stay at Houston Methodist Hospital, President George H. W. Bush has been released and has returned to his home. Photo by Richard J. Carson

After spending a week at Houston Methodist Hospital, George H. W. Bush has been released and has returned to his Post Oak area home. The former president, now 90, was taken by ambulance to the hospital on Dec. 23 for observation as a precaution after experiencing shortness of breath.

The timeline of events over the past week, as reported by Bush's spokesman Jim McGrath, involved several updates on his improving condition. On Christmas Day, Bush's wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, son Neil and daughter-in-law Maria Bush visited him in the hospital. On Saturday, his condition had improved to the point that his doctors were discussing dates for his discharge from the hospital, but he remained in their care through the weekend for further observation.

McGrath's statement from Sunday reported that the president and wife Barbara watched the Houston Texans football game together, adding that they sent "their congratulations to Coach Bill O'Brien and the team for a hard-fought, winning season." 

Monday's report stated that President Bush's breathing had returned to normal and he was expected to be released shortly, adding that "both President and Mrs. Bush wish to thank everyone for their good wishes and prayers."

Bush is now resting at home, "grateful to the doctors and nurses for their superb care," according to the latest statement.

In November 2012, the then-88-year-old was hospitalized for seven weeks at Methodist Hospital while being treated for bronchitis.