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. A little sad

    Get well soon, Mrs. Bush.

    March 13, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. Dorothy in NC

    I hope a quick recovery for Barbara Bush and many years of health.

    March 13, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. AndyL

    And here comes the left wing hater rants in 3...2....1

    March 13, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. Jason

    Why are we forcing socialism on her. Any tax payer funded surgery is socialism but then again cons have no problem with anything as long as it benefits them only. Her husband bankrupted the country through his futile war and this pathetic low life is planning to further bankrupt us by her exorbitant surgeries.

    March 13, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. INDEPENDANT VET

    GOD BLESS YOU BARBARA , PLEASED TO HEAR YOU ARE ON THE GREAT WAY TO RECOVERY.

    March 13, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. KC

    Mrs. Bush: Praying for a quick recovery....God Bless.

    March 13, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. wish you well

    wish I could say the same for your son 'W'

    what a nightmare he is and was

    March 13, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. Marie

    Good thing Mrs. Bush has health insurance. I wish her a speedy recovery.

    March 13, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Jane Six-Pack

    Best wishes to a remarkable woman for a speedy recovery.

    March 13, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. Vic

    Good for you, Barbara. May you enjoy the best of health in the future. God bless you and the Prez!

    March 13, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. Watchful Cowboy

    Mrs. Bush is an exceptional lady and I am glad to hear she is doing so well – long life and much happiness to you!

    March 13, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. Samuel

    Get well soon. Our former seet first lady.

    March 13, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. Samuel

    Get well soon ,our sweet former first lady.

    March 13, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. Kevin in Ohio

    Jason...stop being so hateful.

    March 13, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. AndyL

    Jason – Her husband bankrupt the country through his futile war.......

    You have the wrong Bush you moron. Educated yourself.

    God bless Mrs. Bush and a speedy recovery.

    March 13, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. New Thinker

    Barbara is an admired Republican. She's all cowgirl and doesn't need no stinkin' hat. Best Wishes for a speedy recovery from this "LIBERAL" Democrat.

    March 13, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. Lush Limprick and Osama bin Laden share the same vision for America - FAILURE!

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

    March 13, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  18. sorry,I dont get paid to post

    Socialist tax dollars at work?

    March 13, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. Seth

    "Why are we forcing socialism on her. Any tax payer funded surgery is socialism but then again cons have no problem with anything as long as it benefits them only. Her husband bankrupted the country through his futile war and this pathetic low life is planning to further bankrupt us by her exorbitant surgeries."

    Is this a joke Jason?

    Beside the fact that you have the wrong President's wife, Obama's stimulus bill costs more than the entire Iraq War, and will probably create less jobs! Sorry, bro.

    March 13, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. Marc

    She should have strangled all her children with their ambiilcal cord when they were all born...especially #43.

    March 13, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  21. Josh

    Jason-Are you applying that a women, who has government paid health insurance because she worked for the government is socialism? I don't see how that is. The "Messiah" is getting the same perks and will well after his presidency. But, I take it you won't care because it is a Democrat. But, it might be all of America that gets it, so it might not be as big a deal. And you need to check on who started this war...

    Hope for a speedy recovery, and if it was a Democrat I would feel the same way. Some of you guys put your political beliefs ahead of someone's well being disgusts me!

    March 13, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. Lilly Rose

    I hope Mrs. Bush recovers fully and lives a longer, healthy life. Barbara and Laura Bush and Michelle Obama are my favorite first ladies since Jackie Kennedy.

    March 13, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. Karen

    This is a sick thread. Marc – you're an idiot – SHAME on CNN for even publishing your sick comment. Stop blaming the economy on Bush, his children, his wife and anyone else. BOTH democrats AND republicans are responsible for the economic collapse.Period. Grow up and read a few books on economics before posting such uniformed, moronic comments.

    March 13, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. cruiserGT

    Get well soon Mrs. Bush.

    Marie – Have you ever heard of personal responsibility. If you do not have insurance, then I suggest that you give up the cell phone, ipod, etc. and go buy some insurance. They actually sell the stuff.

    March 13, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. Michael in Houston, Texas

    Get well Mrs. Bush, we are all praying for you.

    Jason, this is coming from a former Democrat, now Independant who leans to the left......You are the reason why half of America hates liberals. How utterly ignorant of you Jason to imply that tax payer dollors paid for her surgery. How do you know? She could have paid cash for all we know. And on top of it, you blamed daddy for what son did. And a Aortic Valve Replacement is a life sustaining surgery you moron, I'm sure she just didn't get it replaced because she was tired of the old valve. Think before you type, mouth breather.

    March 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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