George H.W. Bush moved from intensive care to ‘regular patient room’

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Former President George H.W. Bush has left the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital, where he was admitted over the weekend to treat an infection, and is expected to continue his recovery the next several days from “a regular patient room,” his spokesman said Wednesday.

Delivering an update on the 41st president’s health status in a statement, spokesman Jim McGrath said Bush was “alert and talking with hospital staff, family and friends” at Houston Methodist Hospital and that his doctors were “very pleased with his progress.”

McGrath added that the former president extended his thanks to “everyone for their prayers and good wishes.”

Bush, 93, was admitted to the Texas hospital after coming down with an infection that McGrath said “spread to his blood.” The spokesman initially noted that Bush appeared to be “recovering” and was “responding to treatments.”

In a post on his official Twitter account earlier Wednesday, Bush thanked local authorities and staffers for their involvement in the funeral services for his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, who died on April 17 at age 92. The former president and the Bush family gathered with friends and other former public officials in Houston on Saturday for the services.

“My family and I thank Mayor @SylvesterTurner, his terrific staff, @houstonpolice, @METROHouston, @SBCHouston, @StMartinsDOK — and really all Houstonians — for your professionalism and obvious care in making Barbara’s visitors and funeral guests feel so welcomed. Thank you all,” the post read.

It was not immediately clear whether the former president or a representative wrote the message. McGrath did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In a sign of good spirits, Bush voiced support through his spokesman for the Houston Rockets, the local National Basketball Association team currently leading the Minnesota Timberwolves 3 games to 1 in the best of 7 playoff series.

“He also wants to assure everyone that, as good as he feels now, he is more focused on the Houston Rockets closing out their playoff series against the Minnesota Timberwolves than anything that landed him in the hospital,” McGrath said.

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