Former Presidents George W. Bush, left, and George HW Bush arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a memorial service for former First Lady Barbara Bush, Saturday. | David J. Phillip / AP Photo  Former President George HW Bush has left the intensive care unit in a hospital in Houston, where he was admitted for treatment at the weekend, and is expected to recover within the next few days In a statement, spokesman Jim McGrath said Bush was "alarmed at the Houston hospital and talking to hospital staff, family and friends" and that his doctors were "very" happy with his progress.
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McGrath added that the former president expressed his thanks to "everyone for their prayers and good wishes".
Bush, 93, was admitted to the Texas hospital after having an infection that McGrath said was "spreading in his blood." The spokesman first noted that Bush "recovered" and responded to treatments.
In a post on his official Twitter account on Wednesday, Bush thanked local authorities and staff for their involvement in the memorial service for his wife, former First Lady Barbara Bush, who died on 17 April at the age of 92 died. The former President and the Bush family gathered with friends and other former officials in Houston Saturday for the services
"My family and I are grateful to Mayor @SylvesterTurner, his great team, @houstonpolice, @METROHouston, @SBCHouston, @StMartinsDOK – and really all Houstonians – for their professionalism and obvious care, making Barbara visitors and funeral guests feel the same Welcome, thank you all, "the article said.
It was not immediately clear if the former president or a representative had written the message. McGrath did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In a sign of good humor, Bush voiced his support through his spokesman for the Houston Rockets, the local team of the National Basketball Association, which is currently leading the Minnesota Timberwolves to three games at one of the Best of Seven Playoffs. Series
"He also wants to assure everyone that, as best he feels now, he's more focused on making the Houston Rockets complete their playoff series against the Minnesota Timberwolves the hospital," McGrath said.