July 26, 2006

Former President Ford released from Colorado hospital

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former President Gerald Ford was
released from a Colorado hospital on Wednesday, two days after
he was admitted while suffering shortness of breath, a hospital
spokesman said.

Ford, 93, was released from Vail Valley Medical Center at
about noon local time (2 p.m. EDT), spokesman Scott Boie said.

The former president was taken to Vail Valley on Monday
after complaining of shortness of breath, Boie said, adding
that his treatment went "very well."

Ford, who took office in 1974 after Richard Nixon resigned
amid the Watergate scandal, spent about 10 days at a California
hospital in January, where he was was treated for pneumonia.

The nation's oldest living former president, he also spent
time in a hospital in December for what his office said were
routine tests.

Ford 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.