Former President George H.W. Bush has been in the Houston-area Methodist Hospital for nearly two months now, battling an illness which included a constant fever. Around Christmas Bush was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) so that hospital staff could "more closely monitor his condition, which was stated to be "guarded" at the time.
Now, it appears that the 41st president of the United States may be going home soon. Bush family spokesperson Jim McGrath has announced that he and the family are "hopeful" that Bush will be coming home later this week. From McGrath's Twitter feed:
Update on 41: "We are hopeful that the President can be discharged this coming week, but we're still taking everything one day at a time."
An HBO documentary titled 41 revealed last year that Bush has been battling symptoms of Parkinson's disease in recent years. He can no longer walk on his own and relies on a wheelchair for mobility.
Bush was released from the ICU just before New Year's and has continued to recover. McGrath stated around one week ago that the elder Bush had watched college football during his stay, and that "he has taken pride watching wins by Texas A&M and Houston Texans."