George H.W. Bush Has Been Released From Houston Hospital

HOUSTON (AP) -

Former President George H.W. Bush was released Monday from Houston Methodist Hospital where he received treatment for pneumonia for more than two weeks.

Bush, 92, was experiencing breathing difficulties when he was admitted Jan. 14. During his treatment, which included a stay in intensive care, doctors inserted a breathing tube and connected him to a ventilator.

“He 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,” Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said Monday.

The nation’s 41st president was joined at the hospital by his 91-year-old wife, Barbara, who spent five days there for treatment of bronchitis until her release a week ago.

The couple’s 72-year marriage is the longest of any presidential couple in U.S. history, and the former first lady was with her husband during much of his stay, including when she was hospitalized for her own treatment. They were “essentially therapy for each other,” Dr. Clint Doerr, one of the physicians treating Bush, said last week.