Going home: Former President George H. W. Bush released from hospital

The 41st President of the United States was discharged on Monday

Published January 30, 2017 7:34PM (EST)

 ((AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File))
((AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File))

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."

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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