Barbara Bush in good condition after ulcer surgery

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:40 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 4:25 PM

HOUSTON -- A Houston hospital spokeswoman says former first lady Barbara Bush was in good condition after undergoing laparoscopic surgery for a perforated ulcer.

Ami Felker, a spokeswoman for The Methodist Hospital, says Bush was in high spirits Thursday afternoon as she was moved to a patient room from the intensive care unit.

The former first lady was hospitalized Tuesday after experiencing abdominal pain.

Dr. Pat Reardon says surgeons closed a nearly 1.5-centimeter hole caused by an ulcer.

Reardon says the first thing Bush did after she woke up from the surgery was tell him a joke.

The 83-year-old former first lady is expected to remain in the hospital until next week.

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