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George W. Bush says ill parents 'much better'

Photo: George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

HOUSTON (AP) - Former President George W. Bush says his father, the 41st president George H.W. Bush, and mother, Barbara Bush, are doing "much better" as they're being treated for illnesses at Houston Methodist Hospital.

The nation's 43rd president, in his first comments since his parents have been hospitalized, offers thanks on Instagram for messages "of love and support for Mother and Dad," that supporters' prayers are working because "41 and Mom are doing much better today and fighting on."

George H.W. Bush is being treated for pneumonia. Barbara Bush is recovering from bronchitis.

The younger Bush says he and his wife, former first lady Laura Bush, "look forward to representing them" at Donald Trump's inauguration Friday in Washington.

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Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, are receiving well wishes from around the world as they remain hospitalized in Houston.

The 41st president is in intensive care at Houston Methodist Hospital for pneumonia and the former first lady was admitted to the hospital Wednesday after experiencing fatigue and coughing.

Former President Bill Clinton wrote on Twitter: "41 and Barbara -- thinking about you both and sending wishes for a speedy recovery. Love, 42."

Both President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama sent their well wishes to the Bushes as well. Trump said on Twitter that he is looking forward to the couple's quick recovery, while Obama said at a press conference Wednesday that the Bushes "are as fine a couple as we know."

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Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, remain hospitalized in Houston, where he is in intensive care for pneumonia and she is being watched after complaining of fatigue and coughing.

A family spokesman says the 92-year-old former president went into the ICU on Wednesday and underwent a procedure on his airway. Bush was stable and resting comfortably at Houston Methodist Hospital.

The spokesman later told The Associated Press that doctors were happy with how the procedure went. Bush was first admitted to the hospital Saturday for shortness of breath.

Barbara Bush, who is 91, had not been feeling well for a couple of weeks and decided to seek treatment. The spokesman described the move as precautionary.

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