- - Monday, January 14, 2013

Former President George H.W. Bush was released from Methodist Hospital in Houston on Monday after being admitted in November.

An illness and complications stemming from a bronchitis-related cough extended his stay. The 88-year-old spent a week in intensive care.

Mr. Bush released the following statement through spokesman Jim McGrath: “I am deeply grateful for the wonderful doctors and nurses at Methodist who took such good care of me. Let me add just how touched we were by the many get-well messages we received from our friends and fellow Americans.

“Your prayers and good wishes helped more than you know, and as I head home my only concern is that I will not be able to thank each of you for your kind words.”

The former president’s doctor said he will not require special medication but will continue physical therapy.

Mr. Bush has limited use of his legs because of Parkinson’s disease.

• This article is based in part on wire service reports.