Former US President George HW Bush discharged from hospital

WION Web Team Austin, Texas, USA May 05, 2018, 07.21 AM(IST)

File photo of former US President George HW Bush. Photograph:( Reuters )

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George HW Bush was hospitalised for two weeks for the treatment of an infection that spread to his blood

Former US President George HW Bush, who was hospitalised for two weeks for the treatment of an infection that spread to his blood, was discharged on Friday from a hospital in Houston, a family spokesperson said.

"His doctors report he is doing well and is happy to return home," spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement.

George HW Bush, 93, is the oldest living former US president and was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on April 22, a day after he attended the funeral of his wife, Barbara, the former first lady who died on April 17. The couple had been married for 73 years.

Mr Bush was admitted to the same hospital about a year ago for a cough that was later diagnosed as a mild case of pneumonia.

Bush, who was president from 1989 to 1993, is the father of former Republican President George W. Bush, who served two terms from 2001 to 2009, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who unsuccessfully sought the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.