Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized for bronchitis, in stable condition

By Daniel S Levine,

Former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized Thursday in Houston. The 88-year-old Bush is said to be in stable condition, according to his office.

Bush is suffering from complications of bronchitis. “President Bush has been in and out of The Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center being treated for complications related to his bronchitis,” a statement from his office read, reports Reuters. “He is in stable condition, and is expected to be released within the next 72 hours.”

Dr. Amy Myunderse told The Houston Chronicle that his condition has been improving the past few days.

“Anytime someone the president's age has bronchitis, there's concern about possible pneumonia,” she said. “But Mr. Bush's condition never progressed to that level.”

He was re-admitted to the hospital on Thanksgiving day. This Sunday, his son, former President George W. Bush, and his wife Laura visited the hospital.

Bush was diagnosed with lower body parkinsonism back in February, which requires him to use a wheelchair, notes CNN.

He was also hospitalized in 2007 after he became dizzy while golfing on a hot day in California.

Bush was vice president for Ronald Reagan’s two terms and was elected president in 1989, serving one term. He also served in Congress, as UN ambassador and CIA Director. He is also a World War II veteran and currently the oldest living President.



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