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Reagan could go home Monday

SANTA MONICA, California (CNN) -- Former President Ronald Reagan could be released from the hospital by Monday, his doctors say.

"His doctors expect that he will be released from St. John's Health Center by Monday -- Wednesday at the latest," said Joanne Drake, Reagan's chief of staff.

The 89-year-old Reagan has tolerated an increased regimen of physical therapy since breaking his hip in a fall at his home a week ago, doctors said Friday.

In a 65-minute operation last Saturday, a pin and screws were inserted in Reagan's broken right hip.

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Doctors have been preparing former first lady Nancy Reagan to work with the former president as he continues his physical therapy at home.

"Mrs. Reagan has remained at her husband's side for the last week and will do so until he is released," said Joanne Drake, Reagan's chief of staff. "She has been working with the doctors and physical therapists to prepare for the next phase of President Reagan's recovery at home."

Most of Reagan's physical therapy has consisted of getting out of bed and sitting in a chair. He is not expected to begin weight-lifting sessions for at least two weeks.

Doctors said the Reagans have enjoyed reading some of the 10,000 e-mails and cards they have received in the week since the former president's fall.

Reagan, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, will turn 90 on February 6.

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