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01/04/2014 11:58 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Barbara Bush To Be Released From The Hospital

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Former first lady Barbara Bush will be discharged from Houston's Methodist Hospital Saturday, according to a tweet from Bush family spokesperson Jim McGrath.

Mrs. Bush, 88, had been at the hospital since Monday for treatment of a respiratory illness. According to a Friday AP report, she was kept under observation likely as a result of doctors being cautious.

Bush's release would be two days before her 69th wedding anniversary, which is set for Monday. The Bushes are the nation's longest-married first couple.

The AP reported Saturday that doctors made the determination in the morning. Bush responded well to medication and "she's great," McGrath told the wire service.

In a statement released via McGrath's Twitter account, Bush said: "I cannot thank the doctors and nurses at Houston Methodist enough for making sure I got the best treatment and got back to George and our dogs as quickly as possible."

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