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Barbara Bush leaves hospital

December 3, 2008

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— Former first lady Barbara Bush was released from a hospital Tuesday, a week after she underwent surgery for a perforated ulcer.

Former President George H.W. Bush said the “silver fox” was in good condition.

“I can report that Barb is feeling much, much better, and I’ll be glad to get her home and she is doing well,” he said at a news conference. He thanked the Methodist Hospital staff for taking care of his wife.

Her lab test results and vital signs were normal, said her surgeon, Dr. Pat Reardon.

“She’s having an excellent recovery, and is as vigorous as ever. She was excited to go home,” Reardon said.

Bush, 83, was hospitalized a week ago for abdominal pains. On Nov. 25, surgeons closed a dime-sized hole in her small intestine that was caused by the ulcer.

After the operation, she had to stay in the hospital because she was being fed intravenously while the ulcer healed.

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