George H.W. Bush moving out of ICU, Barbara Bush released

Former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush on Jan. 23, 2017 (Jim McGrath Photo)
Former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush on Jan. 23, 2017 (Jim McGrath Photo)

HOUSTON (AP) — Doctors treating former President George H.W. Bush and his wife at a Houston hospital say they are both improving and Barbara Bush has already been released from the hospital.

Former President George H.W. Bush’s, 92, health continues to improve and doctors expect to move him out of the intensive care unit at Houston Methodist Hospital Monday afternoon. He has been receiving treatment for breathing difficulties from pneumonia while she is recovering from bronchitis.

Bush has been in the Houston hospital now for a week. Doctors on Wednesday inserted a breathing tube, and a ventilator was employed to assist his breathing. The tube was removed Friday.

Barbara Bush, 91, entered the hospital Wednesday after feeling run down and coughing for the past few weeks. Doctors determined she had bronchitis. After receiving treatment, she was released from the hospital Monday morning.

A family spokesperson said the Bushes wanted to make sure “they thank their well-wishers for their kindness, and especially their prayers.”

The couple’s 72-year marriage is the longest of any presidential couple in American history.

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