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In this Dec. 7, 2009 file photo, former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush arrive for a ceremony to dedicate an expanded gallery that carries his name at the National Museum of the Pacific War, in Fredericksburg, Texas.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Former President George H.W. Bush was released from the hospital after battling pneumonia

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UPDATE APRIL 29 11:13 A.M.: 

Former President George H.W. Bush has returned home after spending two weeks under doctors' care for pneumonia.

However, the retired politician, father of ex-U.S. President George W. Bush, has since made a good recovery and was discharged on Friday morning.

A statement issued via Twitter read that the President and his wife are "pleased to be home."

UPDATE 12:02 p.m. EST:  Bush is in "high spirits" and "continues to gain strength."

Former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized on Friday while battling what turned out to be pneumonia.

Spokesman Jim McGrath said Bush, 92, had a cough that kept him from sleeping. He is in "very good spirits." Bush was hospitalized in January, also for pneumonia, but left the hospital after a few days.

CNN reports Bush is expected to remain in the hospital for a few more days. His hospitalization was not announced earlier because the family did not want to worry anyone over the Easter weekend.

Here's McGrath's statement on Bush's health.

In this Dec. 7, 2009 file photo, former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush arrive for a ceremony to dedicate an expanded gallery that carries his name at the National Museum of the Pacific War, in Fredericksburg, Texas.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
In this Dec. 7, 2009 file photo, former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush arrive for a ceremony to dedicate an expanded gallery that carries his name at the National Museum of the Pacific War, in Fredericksburg, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Bush's wife Barbara was also hospitalized in January after suffering from bronchitis. She was also released a few days later. 

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