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Barbara Bush remains hospitalized in Houston

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 2, 2014 at 12:02 p.m.

HOUSTON — Former first lady Barbara Bush was "doing great and responding well" on Thursday while undergoing treatment at a Houston hospital for a respiratory-related issue, a family spokesman said.

The 88-year-old wife of former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized since Monday at Methodist Hospital in Houston. There was no timetable for her release, but "we're hopeful that will take place sooner rather than later," family spokesman Jim McGrath said.

McGrath said physicians merely may be exercising extra caution by keeping her at the hospital.

She and her husband, the 41st president, live in Houston. They are the longest-married presidential first couple and will celebrate their 69th wedding anniversary on Jan. 6.

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