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President George H.W. Bush Out of ICU

Update, as of 29 December, 2012:

HOUSTON — Following is a statement by the Office of George H. W. Bush:

“President Bush’s condition has improved, so he has been moved today from the intensive care unit to a regular patient room at The Methodist Hospital to continue his recovery. The Bushes thank everyone for their prayers and good wishes.”

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Update, as of 28 December, 2012:

Following is a statement by Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath on President Bush’s condition:

“President Bush remains in the intensive care unit at Methodist Hospital, where he continues to improve. The President is alert and, as always, in good spirits — and his exchanges with doctors and nurses now include singing.

The Bushes thank everyone for their prayers and good wishes and, like their doctors, are cautiously optimistic that the current course of treatment will be effective.”

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HOUSTON (AP) _ A spokesman says the fever that kept former President George H.W. Bush in a Houston hospital over Christmas has worsened, and doctors have put him on a liquids-only diet.

Jim McGrath had said earlier Wednesday that the fever had gone away. He later corrected himself and said the fever “elevated” in recent days. McGrath says doctors also put the 88-year-old former president on a liquid diet, though he could not say why.

McGrath says doctors have been treating the “stubborn” fever with Tylenol but still haven’t nailed down a cause.

He says the bronchitis-like cough that initially brought Bush to the hospital on Nov. 23 has improved and the 41st president now coughs only about once a day.

Bush’s daughter, Dorothy, is to arrive Wednesday in Houston from Bethesda, Md.

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