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Elder Bush home from the hospital

HOUSTON — After nearly two months of treatment, former president George H.W. Bush went home from the hospital Monday.

Bush — who, at 88, is the nation’s oldest living former president — was admitted to Houston’s Methodist Hospital on Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving, for treatment of complications resulting from bronchitis.

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His stay included a week in intensive care to control a fever.

In a statement released by his spokesman, Bush said he is ‘‘deeply grateful’’ for the medical care he received and touched by the get-well messages sent to him.

Bush had spent about a week at the hospital earlier in November for the same ailment. Doctors said the recent extended treatment was intended to avoid another relapse.

Antibiotics and steroids were prescribed to treat the cough. Doctors consistently said the illness wasn’t life-threatening but they wanted to prevent it from worsening to pneumonia.

Bush and his wife, Barbara, live in Houston during the winter and spend their summers in Kennebunkport, Maine.

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