George HW Bush released from hospital after 16 days

New York, Jan 31: Former President George H.W. Bush was released from a Houston hospital after a 16-day stay for pneumonia, media reports said. “President Bush is thankful for the many prayers and kind messages he received during his stay, as well as the world-class care that both his doctors and nurses provided,” Efe news quoted Bush’s chief of staff, Jean Becker as saying on Monday. The President — who governed from 1989-1993 — was admitted to Houston’s Methodist Hospital on January 14 for breathing problems, but his situation worsened and a few days later doctors placed him on a ventilator to help protect and clear his airways. Coincidentally, his wife Barbara also was admitted to the same hospital on January 14 as a precaution after she experienced fatigue and a bad cough, although her situation was less complicated than that of her husband and she was released just a few days later after a successful round of antibiotics. The 92-year-old former President was kept under observation in the intensive care unit for a week. (IANS)