Improving George Bush moved out of ICU

Last Updated: Sun, Dec 30, 2012 05:20 hrs

-ANI): Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush has been moved out of the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital, as his condition continued to improve, his spokesman has said.

"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," Bush's spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement.

Bush, 88, has been hospitalized for more than a month with bronchitis. He was put under intensive care since last Sunday with a liquids-only diet served, due to a worsening fever.

Doctors at the Methodist Hospital have run tests, but still haven't nailed down a cause for the fever, according to McGrath.

Bush was initially admitted to the hospital on Nov. 23, and has remained there due to what his spokesman described as a "lingering cough."

Jean Becker, Bush's chief of staff, said Thursday that Bush was getting excellent medical treatment and would advise people to "put the harps back in the closet."

But Becker also pointed out that the ex-president was sick and would likely remain in the hospital for a while after a "terrible case of bronchitis which then triggered a series of complications."

Bush served as the 41st president of the United States from 1989 to 1993. (Xinhua-ANI)

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