December 1st, 2008
02:43 PM ET
6 years ago

Barbara Bush on liquid diet as part of recovery

 Barbara Bush recovering after surgery.
Barbara Bush recovering after surgery.

(CNN) - Former first lady Barbara Bush started a liquid diet Monday as part of her recovery from laparoscopic surgery to repair a perforated ulcer, according to a statement from The Methodist Hospital in Houston.

Bush, 83, is "in good condition and continues to recover as expected," according to the statement. She may remain in the hospital for "several more days so her physicians can monitor the progression of her diet."

The former first lady showed up at Methodist's emergency room last Tuesday, complaining of severe abdominal pain. Doctors determined she had a perforated ulcer in her duodenum, the first portion of the small intestine after the stomach.

Doctors thoroughly cleaned Bush's abdominal cavity of any contaminants that had leaked through the hole, described by the hospital as being one centimeter in diameter. Then, doctors repaired the ulcer and sewed a piece of the omentum, fat tissue in the abdomen, on top of it to seal it.


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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Lake side

    T.M.I.

    wish her the best health though.

    December 1, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. Soccer Nana

    I hope she recovers soon.

    December 1, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  3. Jay, Louisville Ky

    James at 45, give it up. Your bitterness is old....you lost....go away..be happy....take your mom out to dinner....get a date...something...just goaway

    December 1, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. Obama supporter

    James: There is a time and place for everything. Not because people are disenchanted with Bush (who incidentally has just 'fessed up' to his mistakes) it means they will bash his ailing mother. Come on!

    I personally wish her the best, and I know she tried her best to raise her children well.

    December 1, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  5. Jim

    I had her doctor ( Dr. Reardon) operate on me with laparoscopic surgery a year ago. He is truly the best at this type of surgery and I wish her Gods speed on her recover.

    December 1, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz

    WE ARE IN THE SAME BAG, BARBARA.

    GEORGE GAVE US A NATIONAL ULCER

    THAT WILL TAKE DECADES TO HEAL.

    YOURS SHOULD HEAL IN A MONTH OR TWO.

    December 1, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. Kim

    This Democrat sends best wishes for a speedy recovery to Barbara Bush.

    December 1, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. wanda a.

    SHE IS NOT ADMIRABLE, AFTER WHAT BARBARA BUSH SAID ABOUT THE KATRINA PEOPLE WHEN THEY LOCATED THEM TO HOUSTON, TEXAS, SHE SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF HER SELF I DONT FEEL SORRY FOR HER NOT ONE BIT.

    SO PLEASE TELL ME SOMEONE WHAT HAS SHE EVER DONE AS A 1ST LADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 1, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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