George HW Bush out of intensive care

2012-12-30 10:01

Houston - Former US president George HW Bush's condition improved enough for him to be moved on Saturday out of the intensive care unit and into a regular room at the Houston hospital where he was admitted last month for respiratory problems, a spokesperson said.

Bush, aged 88, who served as president from 1989 to 1993, entered Methodist Hospital on 23 November for treatment of what doctors said was bronchitis, and he was moved into the ICU last Sunday after suffering a number of medical complications, including a persistent fever.

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes lining the air passages through the lungs.

"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 family said in a statement from his spokesperson, Jim McGrath.

"The Bushes thank everyone for their prayers and good wishes," it added.


McGrath said on Friday that Bush's condition was getting better and that he was even singing at times in his communications with doctors and nurses.

He added in an e-mail reply to Reuters on Saturday, "George Bush is the most relentlessly upbeat man you'll ever meet, and his spirits have been good throughout this ordeal." He declined to disclose any information about Bush's prognosis or how much longer he might remain hospitalised.

Bush, the 41st US president and a Republican, is the father of former president George W Bush. In a political career spanning four decades, he also served as a congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, envoy to China, CIA director, and vice president for two terms under Ronald Reagan.

Bush has lower-body parkinsonism, which causes a loss of balance, and has used a wheelchair for more than a year.

  • melusi.myaluza - 2012-12-30 10:17

    He's irrelevant,the news about him even more irrelevant,the old bugger has blood on his hands,hope he kicks the bucket sooner than later

      wesselo1 - 2012-12-30 10:53

      Can say exactly the same about Mandela.

      Adeeb Saban - 2012-12-30 11:05

      Not another boere ninja, p!ss off to Oranje already

      Charles Frederik Robberts - 2012-12-30 11:45

      ditto on Mandela!

      jezuz.onlin - 2012-12-30 12:24

      sure he is six out, he and mr 666 going six feet under..

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-12-30 19:33

      Send him for treatment in Iraq.

  • melusi.myaluza - 2012-12-30 10:19

    He's irrelevant,the news about him even more irrelevant,the old bugger has blood on his hands,hope he kicks the bucket sooner than later

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-30 13:43

      Leave Mandela alone please he is a old man and not bothering anybody

  • Goddard Morrie - 2012-12-30 10:50

    i cannot help to notice how the hospital where the US former president is treated is revealed but when it comes to our Madiba it is a state secret. just makes me wonder?

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-12-30 19:34

      Madiba's hospital was where they tried to transplant a rectum onto Zuma, but the rectum rejected him - that is why it is a state secret.

  • Anwar Bassa - 2012-12-30 11:06

    chalk and cheese.both bushes have the blood of 1000s of INNOCENT kids on their hands in Iraq.Hope they get a decent punishment for the IRAQI HOLOCAUST

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-30 13:46

      You clearly don't know what the holocaust was. Go educate yourself a bit dude before making such harsh statements.

  • Joel Nyandoro - 2012-12-30 11:09

    Mandela's hospital was never disclosed! nothng can b private on a public figure lik a former presedent.

  • werner.mayer.10 - 2012-12-30 11:43

    Look at me actually giving a crap about this peodophile.

  • mario.grobbler - 2012-12-30 13:45

    Aren't the illuminati suppose to be immortal, or are they only immoral.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-30 13:50

      The illuminati were the "enlightened ones" and very much hated by the church during the middle ages when they believed such blasthemous things like the earth being round. They are urban legend dude

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-12-30 14:43

    Lets not beat about the bush..he never was and still is not a popular person.BUT, should we single him out to be the ONLY ogre? Has anything changed in the Oval Office since he left his post ?

  • Sibusiso - 2012-12-30 15:09

    Sad news!

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