By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

HOUSTON — Doctors at Houston Methodist Hospital discharged former first lady Barbara Bush from the hospital Monday, days after she and her husband were hospitalized with separate health problems.

Former President George H.W. Bush remained hospitalized, Dr. Amy Mynderse said at a news conference. Doctors said he will be moved out of the intensive care unit on Monday, where has been getting treatment since having trouble breathing last week.

“The fact that he is doing so well just five days after the event … I think is a real testament to the pulmonary team … but also to him,” Mynderse said. “He’s a really strong person. He’s not your average 92-year-old.”

Bush spokesman Jim McGrath shared an image of the couple Monday afternoon.

Bush, 92, went to Houston Methodist Hospital on Jan. 14 for “shortness of breath,” McGrath said. He was admitted to the intensive care unit on Jan. 18. Barbara Bush was admitted to the same hospital that day “as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing,” McGrath said.

Doctors said Barbara Bush had a case of viral bronchitis and has stuck to her husband’s side since she was discharged. George H.W. Bush had bacterial pneumonia.

“They truly do have just such an amazing love for each other, and that really came across here,” Mynderse said. “Part of why she ended up here in the hospital is because even though she was ill, she was trying to be by the bedside all the time.”

By Monday, the 41st president was watching TV and joking with doctors and nurses, Mynderse said. However, Dr. Clint Doerr said, he continued to suffer from some respiratory problems.

“He still has a fair amount of coughing,” Doerr said. “Friday discharge might be a little bit optimistic but Friday or over the weekend – it’s a bit of a moving target.”

The former president’s doctors addressed “an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia,” according to a statement released last week. Doctors performed a procedure to clear his airway.

Bush has a form of Parkinson’s disease and uses a motorized scooter or wheelchair to get around. Despite that, he marked his 90th birthday with a tandem parachute jump in Maine and last summer took the helm of a speedboat as part of a fishing trip with a group of 40 wounded warriors.

Bush was the youngest naval aviator when he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1943, spurred by the attack on Pearl Harbor.

He flew 58 combat missions during World War II, including one that required he be rescued by a submarine after his plane was hit by Japanese anti-aircraft fire. For his bravery, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

It was while he was enlisted that he first met Barbara Bush, then a student at Smith College. The couple were married in Jan. 6, 1945, making theirs the longest marriage of any presidential couple in American history.

The couple had six children: George W., Robin, John (known as Jeb), Neil, Marvin and Dorothy. Robin died as a child. George W. Bush served two terms as president from 2001 to 2009. Jeb Bush ran for the Republican nomination in the run-up to November’s election, but lost his bid to President-elect Donald Trump.

Following in the footsteps of his father, U.S. Sen. Prescott Bush (R-Connecticut), George H.W. Bush launched a career in politics in 1963 after settling with his family in Texas. He served as a congressman, CIA director and Ronald Reagan’s vice president.

In 1989, became the first sitting vice president to secure the presidency since 1837.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Brianna Chambers, Michelle Ewing and Theresa Seiger contributed to this report.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Brianna Chambers, Michelle Ewing and Theresa Seiger contributed to this report.

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