January 25, 2006

Former President Ford released from hospital

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former President Gerald Ford has
been released from a California hospital where he was treated
for pneumonia and is doing well, his spokeswoman said on

Ford, 92, spent about 10 days at Eisenhower Medical Center
in the California desert community of Rancho Mirage, receiving
antibiotics and other treatment for the illness.

"President Gerald R. Ford has been released from Eisenhower
Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California. He is doing well,"
Ford chief of staff Penny Circle said in a written statement.

"President Ford, Mrs. Ford and the Ford family wish to
thank everyone for their prayers and good wishes," she said.

Ford, who took office in 1974 after Richard Nixon resigned
amid the Watergate scandal, also spent time in the hospital in
December for what his office said were routine tests. He
suffered a mild stroke in 2000, and was hospitalized briefly in
2003 after suffering dizzy spells while playing golf in the
desert heat near Palm Springs, California.