George HW Bush Out Of Intensive Care

Former US President George HW Bush has been moved out of intensive care, his family spokesman has said.

In a statement, Jim McGrath added that the condition of Mr Bush, the 41st President of the United States, is continuing to improve.

The 88-year-old had been moved to intensive care on December 23 after developing a fever.

He was initially admitted to Methodist Hospital in Houston on November 23 for treatment for what was described as a "stubborn", bronchitis-related cough.

Mr Bush spent around a week there earlier that month with the same condition.

Mr McGrath said: "President Bush's condition has improved, so he has been moved from the intensive care unit to a regular patient room ... to continue his recovery."

He added that Mr Bush - the oldest living former president - and his family want to thank everyone for their prayers and good wishes.

Mr Bush had served two terms as vice president when he was elected in 1988 to succeed Ronald Reagan.

Four years later, after a term highlighted by the success of the 1991 Gulf War in Kuwait, he lost to Democrat Bill Clinton amid voters' concerns about the economy.

Mr Bush skydived on at least three of his birthdays since leaving the White House, most recently when he turned 85.

He now has a form of Parkinson's disease that forced him in recent years to use a motorised scooter or wheelchair for mobility.