George H. W. Bush, who served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993, has been discharged after a period of hospitalization that began two weeks ago.
The former president recuperated at Houston Methodist Hospital for twelve days due to a bout of pneumonia. Five of those days were spent in the Intensive Care Unit after his condition led to a serious respiratory problem. Bush needed a breathing tube, which Dr. Amy Mynderse described as a "very serious situation" for any patient who is 92 years old.
His wife, former First Lady Barbara Bush, was discharged from Houston Methodist Hospital last Monday.
Bush wrote Trump a letter explaining why he could not attend his inauguration.
"Barbara and I are so sorry we can't be there for our Inauguration on January 20th," Bush wrote on Jan. 10. "My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it will likely put me six feet under. Same for Barbara. So I guess we're stuck in Texas."
He later added, "But we will be with you and the country in spirit. I want you to know that I wish you the very best as you begin this incredible journey of leading out great country. If I can ever be of help, please let me know."