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For Immediate Release
Office of the First Lady
September 8, 2007

Statement by Press Secretary Sally McDonough

Earlier today, Mrs. Laura Bush underwent a successful posterior cervical foraminotomy to relieve the pressure on the pinched nerves in her neck.

The two and one-half hour procedure took place at The George Washington University Hospital. The surgical team was led by Dr. Anthony Caputy, Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery and Co-Director of the Neurological Institute, in consultation with Dr. Richard Tubb, Brigadier General, USAF and Physician to the President.

Following the surgery, Mrs. Bush spoke to the President, who is aboard Air Force One en route to the White House from Sydney, Australia, where he attended the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit.

Mrs. Bush is resting comfortably at the White House.

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