Wednesday, it was announced that former President George H.W Bush has been hospitalized and his wife Barbara has also been hospitalized. Family spokesman, Jim McGrath, stated that President Bush was admitted to the ICU at Houston Methodist Hospital to “address an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia.” McGrath also stated that former First Lady Barbara Bush was hospitalized as a precaution. The former president has been hospitalized since Saturday.
Earlier Wednesday, McGarth issued the statement saying, “Doctors performed a procedure to protect and clear his airway that required sedation. President Bush is stable and resting comfortable in the ICU, where he will remain for observation.” McGrath said also, “Doctors and everyone are very pleased, and we hope to have him out soon.” Bush’s chief of staff, Jean Becker, told the Houston Chronicle and KHOU-TV that Bush was expected to go home in a couple of days.
The former president has suffered health setbacks in the last few years. Yet at 90 years old, for his birthday, Bush parachuted from a plane. Bush does suffer from a form of Parkinson’s disease and uses a motorized scooter or a wheelchair for mobility. He was hospitalized in Maine in 2015 after falling at his summer home and breaking a bone in his neck. The former president also spent Christmas 2012 in intensive care for a bronchitis-related cough and other issues. His health did not stop him from leading a group of 40 wounded warriors on a fishing trip at the helm of his speedboat, three days after his 92nd birthday celebration.
Barbara and George H. W Bush have been married for 72 years. They were married January 6, 1945. According to U.S. News, they are the longest married presidential couple in U.S. history, trailed by John and Abigail Adams, who were married for 54 years. George H.W. Bush was the 41st President of the United States and served as president from 1989 to 1993. He is also a World War II veteran, who served as vice president under President Ronald Reagan and was director of the CIA.
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