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President George H.W. Bush discharged from hospital

Family spokesman Jim McGrath says the former president's doctors say he is doing well and is happy to return home.
Credit: Patrick Smith
President George H.W. Bush arrives for the coin toss prior to Super Bowl 51 between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

HOUSTON — President George H.W. Bush has been released from Houston Methodist Hospital after being treated for an infection.

According to family spokesman Jim McGrath, the former president’s doctors say Mr. Bush is doing well and is happy to return home.

Mr. Bush was hospitalized April 22, a day after the funeral for his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, for an infection. When asked about his recovery, McGrath said, "The 41st President wants to go to Maine this summer. He’s the most goal-oriented person on the planet, and I would not bet against him.”

Houston Methodist Hospital on Thursday named the atrium in its Walter Tower in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Bush. Bush 41 tweeted that he was quite moved by the announcement by the hospital and that while the atrium is beautiful, he has not taken up residence at the hospital.

Bush was hospitalized three times last year for pneumonia, the flu and chronic bronchitis. He also went to a Maine hospital with a broken bone in his neck after falling at his home in Kennebunkport in 2015.

In 2014, Bush spent a week in the hospital after being admitted for shortness of breath.

A form of Parkinson's disease has left Bush dependent on a wheelchair and scooter for mobility in recent years.

Photos: Funeral service for former First Lady Barbara Bush

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