Official: Ex-President George H.W. Bush may leave hospital before Christmas

HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush’s monthlong stay in a Houston hospital for treatment of a bronchitis-related cough appears to be nearing an end.

Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said Thursday that Mr. Bush might be released from Methodist Hospital at the weekend and be home in time for Christmas.

Hospital officials have said that the 88-year-old former president is steadily improving and that he’s been receiving physical therapy to increase his strength.

Mr. Bush has been in the hospital since Nov. 23. He also was in the hospital with a cough for about a week in early November.

Mr. Bush and his wife, Barbara, spend winters at their home in Houston and summers at their home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

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