President Bush could leave hospital before Christmas, spokesman says

President Bush could leave hospital before Christmas, spokesman says

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HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 04: Former President George H.W. Bush with a young friend and grandson Pierce Bush at Salute To Service day before the Houston Texans play the Buffalo Bills at Reliant Stadium on November 4, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

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Associated Press & KHOU.com staff

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 13 at 6:50 PM

HOUSTON -- Ex-President George H.W. Bush can look forward to spending the holidays at home after nearly three weeks in a Houston hospital with a bronchitis-related cough.

Methodist Hospital spokesman George Kovacik said Thursday that Bush has steadily improved and remains stable as he battles the lingering effects of bronchitis. Kovacik says Bush’s treatment now centers on physical therapy to increase his strength.

The spokesman says doctors expect the 88-year-old ex-president to be able to celebrate Christmas at home with his family but no discharge date has been set yet.

Bush has been in the hospital since Nov. 23. He also was in the hospital for the same cough-related illness for about a week in early November.

Barbara has remained by his side at Methodist Hospital and other family members, including the couple's two dogs, have visited.

Bush and his wife, Barbara, have homes in Houston and Kennebunkport, Maine.

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