Former President Bush out of ICU and into regular room as health continues to improve

December 29, 2012 8:41:33 PM PST
Former President George H.W. Bush's condition continued to improve Saturday, prompting doctors to move him out of intensive care, a spokesman 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," family spokesman Jim McGrath said Saturday. "The Bushes thank everyone for their prayers and good wishes."

Bush was hospitalized Nov. 23 for treatment of a bronchitis-related cough. He was moved to intensive care at the Houston hospital on Dec. 23 after he developed a fever.

On Friday, McGrath said Bush had improved since arriving in the ICU. He said he was alert and in good spirits and was even doing some singing.

McGrath said Saturday morning that future updates on Bush's condition would be made as warranted.

Bush, the 41st president, is the country's oldest living former president by a few months.

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Apparently, Bush is doing a lot better. So much better that he was in the mood to be serenaded.

The Oak Ridge Boys recorded them singing to him by phone Friday.

The group says they received a call telling them that former First Lady Barbara Bush wanted them to call the president and sing to him

The group did exactly that, singing two songs for him -- Elvira and Amazing Grace.

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If you would like to send a get well card to President George H.W. Bush you can send it to:

    George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
    Attn: President George Bush
    1000 George Bush Drive West
    College Station, TX 77845

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The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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