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Doctors say 41st president sitting up, joking

Published:Tuesday | January 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM
In this November 6, 1997 file photo, former President George H.W. Bush hugs his wife, Barbara, after speaking at the dedication of the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.

HOUSTON, Texas (AP):

Doctors say former President George H.W. Bush is sitting up, laughing, joking, and asking when he can go home from the Houston hospital that has been treating him for pneumonia for the past 10 days.

One of his physicians Dr Amy Mynderse told reporters that Bush was expected to be moved yesterday from the intensive care unit at the Houston Methodist Hospital, where he was hooked up to a ventilator for several days last week. She called him "not your average 92-year-old".

Dr Clint Doerr said during the same news conference on Monday that the former president has been sitting up in bed watching TV, asking for oyster stew ,and saying that he wants to go home. Former first lady Barbara Bush was discharged from the hospital yesterday after undergoing treatment for bronchitis.

Doerr stressed that Bush was still recovering from pneumonia.