(CNN) – Former President George H.W. Bush was discharged Monday from the hospital in Houston where he spent several weeks receiving treatment for bronchitis, a bacterial infection and a persistent cough, his spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement.
Dr. Amy Mynderse, the internal medicine physician in charge of the former president's care, added that Bush "has improved to the point that he will not need any special medication when he goes home, but he will continue physical therapy."
Bush, who's been hospitalized in Houston since November 23, said he was "deeply grateful" for the doctors and nurses at The Methodist Hospital. The former president went home following his release.
"Let me add just how touched we were by the many get-well messages we received from our friends and fellow Americans," Bush said in the statement. "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."
He was moved out of the hospital's intensive care unit just over two weeks ago. He was listed in guarded condition while he received treatment for what McGrath called "a stubborn fever."
Doctors were at several points optimistic that his release was imminent. McGrath said in December that Bush had been undergoing physical therapy in preparation for discharge.
After release from the intensive care unit, McGrath said Bush's "exchanges with doctors and nurses now include singing." He received visits from family members including his wife over the Christmas holiday, and was serenaded by the gospel-turned-country quartet of the 1970s and '80s the Oak Ridge Boys.
Oak member Joe Bonsall said of their telephone performance for the former president, "We asked what song he would like to hear and he said 'Elvira,' so we blasted some 'oom pop a mau mau's' in the direction of Houston, Texas."
Four months older than former President Jimmy Carter, the 88 year-old Bush is the oldest of the living former presidents.
- CNN's Kevin Liptak and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report
Glad he's out, hopefully he has a few years left in him.
Sure do miss sensible Republicans like Bush 41. Not sure exactly when Repubs fell in the looney bin but sure wish there were more like Bush 41. They'd be a whole lot more likely to get my vote.
Glad you're feeling better Mr. President!
Sure do miss sensible Republicans like Bush 41. Where'd they all go?
I'm glad he's released and I wish him well. However his son GW was a disgrace and HW shouldn't have used his power and authority to have him elected. But I'm sure he knows that by now. Too late.
So glad you are doing well and going home!
Must be sick because of all the WMD chemicals.
So glad you are well enough to return home. Wishing you and family many happy healthy years to come.
looks a bit older than 41.
u r all bad citizens. the bushes were the good guys. y no u try 2 be president 1 day and c if the peple like u. ok bye to all and wish all the sick people to b healthy.
Doe media have to call him Bush 41? I am pretty sure I would get a lower grade in any school in the USA if I referred to former President Bush as Bush 41. What kind of example does that make for schoolchildren in the USA who read CNN for their school work?
I did not vote for him, but that is disrespectful to a former president. When he was our president his protocol and decorum right down to the personal thank you notes he sent to people. Maybe you could actually use his full name to distinguish him from his son, also a former president. I thinking John Adams and John Quincy Adams.
He's an NWO mad man just like his father. Prescott Bush teamed up with JP Morgan and other big name wall streeter's back in WW2 to assassinate FDR and instal and Nazi regime here in the USA. Thankfully, real men like Butler saved our country.
Republican or Democrat, with the exception of a small handful, the people in DC are evil and do not care about you.
Stay well Poppy.
God knows we could use some adult supervision.
Guess it's not time for him to move on to that New World Order in the sky...
Welcome home Mr President.
Never cared for him as a Politician or President but glad he is doing ok, I still respect my elders even if I don't always agree with them!
@Steve. I'm with you on that!
No other senior citizen would have been allowed to remain in a hospital that long. They would have been shipped off to a nursing home asap. What kind of care does the average senior citizen on social security and Medicare receive? Does your medical insurance have a reasonable and customary care clause? Most do. What did this unnecessary level of care cost the taxpayer?
Significant evidence that this guy was involved in whacking JFK. Lee Harvey Oswald was a patsy who actually warned the Chicago FBI office on November 3rd that there was a plot to kill JFK. Does that sound like a guilty man (and a lone wolf)? Besides that, Bush 41 was armpit deep in Iran Contra. Spring of 88 we were convinced this weasel was going to do hard time, but somehow this greasy little piggy evaded prosecution – they blamed it all on North, who then proceeded to walk also. Inquiring minds wanted to know at the time how North then proceeded to build a 2+ million dollar home on a $54,000 Colonel's salary.
The US: Life, LIberty, and the Absolute rule of Corruption, only for the 1%.
He performed honorably for most of his life in service of his country. Glad you are home!
Worst president ever, thanks for destroying our country you moron.
Glad you are feeling better Mr. President! You and your son were so much better than the big eared buffoon who is currently residing in the White House.
i hope that daddy bush makes a full recovery. however he will never recover from having george w bush as his son. its not his fault that he had such a stupid son,but its his fault for supporting him as president. recently pappa bush said he thought his son was a great president. is pappa bush suffering from dementia as well as poor health? george w. bush ran the economy into the ground,and everyone knows that,as well as starting a war on bad intelligence.