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Kevin Lamarque  /  Reuters
Former President Gerald Ford, seen in 2000, is “doing well” in the hospital, his spokeswoman said.
updated 1/18/2006 1:46:45 PM ET 2006-01-18T18:46:45

Former President Gerald R. Ford could be released from a hospital Thursday if he continues to respond well to treatment for pneumonia, his chief of staff said.

His hospitalization Saturday marked the second time in five weeks that Ford, 92, has been admitted to Eisenhower Medical Center near his Thunderbird Estates home.

“Decisions regarding his discharge are made on a day-to-day basis, and if all continues to improve, we anticipate his date of discharge as Thursday,” Ford’s chief of staff, Penny Circle, said in a brief statement Tuesday.

Based on his age, it was felt that Ford should receive intravenous antibiotics at the hospital, Circle said Monday.

Hospital spokeswoman Elizabeth Wholihan referred inquiries to Circle, who said no further updates on Ford’s condition would be made until Wednesday.

In mid-December, Ford underwent routine tests at Eisenhower and was hospitalized overnight because of what Circle called “a horrible cold.” It was not clear if the cold led to the bout with pneumonia, she said.

In 2000, Ford suffered two small strokes while attending the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia and spent about a week in the hospital. Doctors said there was no apparent brain damage. Three years later, he was hospitalized for a night for dizziness.

Ford became the nation’s oldest living former president with the death of Ronald Reagan in June 2004. Reagan was 93.

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