George H.W. Bush Sent to ICU; Wife Also Hospitalized

UPDATE (12 p.m. 1/19) – A spokesman says doctors are evaluating former President George H.W. Bush before they remove a breathing tube.

Spokesman Jim McGrath says Thursday that Bush remains in intensive care at Houston Methodist Hospital while he’s being treated for pneumonia after what McGrath says was a “good night’s rest.”

McGrath also says that former first lady Barbara Bush feels “1,000 percent better” after antibiotics and some rest. She’s being treated for bronchitis. She checked into the same hospital as her husband Wednesday after recent weeks of fatigue and coughing.

McGrath says doctors are hopeful the nation’s 41st president can be discharged from intensive care in a few days.

UPDATE (2:00 p.m.) – George H.W. Bush’s spokesman says doctors are happy with how a procedure went to help clear the former president’s airway following his hospitalization for respiratory issues.

Family spokesman Jim McGrath tells The Associated Press that doctors were monitoring the 92-year-old former president on Wednesday to see how his body responds. But he says he doesn’t think “there’s a whole lot of money to be gained betting against George Bush.”

McGrath says former first lady Barbara Bush decided to go to the same Houston hospital Wednesday morning. He says she hadn’t been feeling well for about two weeks and decided to “take it out of committee and have experts check it out.”

McGrath says the move was precautionary and “it’s nothing acute, just a gradual not feeling well.”

UPDATE (12:30 p.m.) – A spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush says Bush has been admitted to the intensive care unit at Houston’s Methodist Hospital to address a respiratory problem from pneumonia.

Spokesman Jim McGrath says Bush’s wife, Barbara Bush, also has been hospitalized as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing.

McGrath says the 92-year-old former president was placed under sedation for a procedure to protect and clear his airway. He is stable and resting comfortably. He has been in the hospital since Saturday.

Barbara Bush is 91. The couple marked their 72nd wedding anniversary on Jan. 6.

ORIGINAL STORY – Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush is at Houston Methodist Hospital where he was taken over the weekend for shortness of breath.

A spokesman says Bush is responding well to treatment and his doctors are pleased with his progress.

The former president, who is 92-years-old, has a form of Parkinson’s Disease and uses a wheelchair to get around.

Bush served as President of the United States from 1989 to 1993 and as Vice President under Ronald Reagan.

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