March 13th, 2009
11:52 AM ET
14 years ago

Former first lady Barbara Bush released from hospital

(CNN) - Barbara Bush was released Friday from Methodist Hospital in Houston, nine days after she underwent heart surgery there, the hospital said.

Related video: Bush tears up about wife

She departed Friday morning accompanied by her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, the hospital said.

Updated 11:52 a.m.

In a 2 1/2-hour procedure on March 4, doctors replaced the 83-year-old former first lady's aortic valve with a pig valve after determining that part of it had hardened.

Her activities will be limited for at least three weeks, after which she will be able to resume her normal activities, said surgeon Gerald Lawrie, in a written statement issued by the hospital.

"Mrs. Bush was a remarkable patient," he said. "Her recovery was very quick for this type of procedure. I expect her to be back to normal soon and resume her active life."

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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Mary

    She is the Mother of a Criminal (George W. Bush).

    Therefore she is Cursed.

    March 13, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. worriedmom

    God Bless You! Our prayers are with you for a full and speedy recovery!

    March 13, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. Objective thinking

    Keep the politics out of this.

    God bless you Barbara Bush.

    March 13, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. I hate Texas

    I was hoping she wouldn't make it so we could all say it was no big deal, the way that she said it was no big deal that my brothers were getting killed for her son's war crime!

    March 13, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. chenna benna

    Good news. Hope she is doing well.

    March 13, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. Dan

    George W. Bush is responsible for the Death of 4000 US Troops.

    She is responsible for giving birth to a KILLER.

    She is indirectly responsible, thus she is a KILLER too.

    March 13, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. Mike Syracuse, NY

    @Dan, please don't have children. One idiot like you is more than enough in this country.

    March 13, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. Susan

    Dan, your comment is pathetic. Get well, Mrs. Bush!

    March 13, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Leta

    See the terroism in this country....Most of these posts are by IRIAN/IRAQI pecker lickers.....Women shut up you make the rest of us look ignorant....Send these women to Iraq w/ Hillary and don't pay the 900 billion dollar ransom so they can keep their heads......

    I have a better Idea WIFE SWAP them with an IRAQI they may feel the terror......

    Mrs. Barbara Bush,
    Your Family has saved more lives than these tiny minds can grasp.
    Peace be with you and GOD SPEED.

    March 13, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Cheryl Tx

    @Dan March 13th, 2009 1:43 pm ET
    Dan do have a Mother or were you Hatched ???
    *** I hope you have a speedy recovery Mrs Bush .....May God Blees You and your Family***

    March 13, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. Joe

    I still think she is Dubya's Daddy's Mama

    March 13, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. mary dale

    did they find the heart? good thing she has the insurance we paid for her.

    March 13, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  13. EBJ

    hmmmm..really can't understand the hate for Babs Bush and I basically vote Democrat.

    March 13, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. Larry

    No Iraqi was involved in the 9/11 attacks.

    Iraq was attacked for Bush’s greed for oil, based upon false and fabricated intelligence report that Iraq has WMDs. Bush admitted this in his farewell speech.

    This one false intelligence report has resulted in the deaths of thousands.

    To all the supporter of Bush and Co. – You guys are living in fools’ paradise. All those who support crime are criminals.

    Hope good sense prevails on you guys.

    March 13, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. M

    I don't think we should declare war on each other, because a former first lady got out of the hospital? I think that's a good thing because years ago the technology would not have been advanced enough to perform such surgery. So why don't we just be thankful that when we get that age if we need surgery we can have it done. God bless our president and former presidents and all their wives.

    March 13, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
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