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Former President Bush moved to intensive care as wife Barbara also hospitalized

Posted by on Jan. 18, 2017 at 8:07 PM
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Both President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush are now in a Houston hospital and will not attend Friday's inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

The 92-year-old former president on Wednesday was moved to intensive care at Houston Methodist Hospital after being admitted on Saturday, his office said in a statement.

"Shortly after our previous report on President Bush’s condition, he was admitted to the ICU at Houston Methodist Hospital to address an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia," the statement read. "Doctors performed a procedure to protect and clear his airway that required sedation. President Bush is stable and resting comfortably in the ICU, where he will remain for observation."

Barbara Bush, 91, was admitted Wednesday morning as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing, officials said in a statement.

The 41st president previously sent a letter to Donald Trump expressing his regrets he could not attend Friday's presidential inauguration, adding he and the former first lady "will be with you and the country in spirit."

In his letter -- penned Jan. 10, before he was hospitalized Saturday for breathing problems -- the former president quipped, "My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it likely will put me six feet under."

"So I guess we're stuck in Texas," wrote Bush. "I want you to know that I wish you the very best as you begin this incredible journey of leading our great country," he wrote. "If I can ever be of help, please let me know."

Bush is the father of former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who ran in a heated -- and, at times, contentious -- contest against Trump in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries.

Jeb Bush will not be attending the inauguration, but George W. and former first lady Laura Bush will be in attendance, as will Bill and Hillary Clinton.

The elder Bush, who served as U.S. president from 1989 to 1993, has 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, and was hospitalized in Houston the previous December for about a week for shortness of breath. He spent Christmas 2012 in intensive care for a bronchitis-related cough and other issues.

Despite the loss of mobility, he celebrated his 90th birthday by making a tandem parachute jump in Kennebunkport. Last summer, Bush led a group of 40 wounded warriors on a fishing trip at the helm of his speedboat, three days after his 92nd birthday celebration.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

by on Jan. 18, 2017 at 8:07 PM
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Seashell77
by Member on Jan. 18, 2017 at 10:45 PM
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I was sad to hear about Former President Bush having needed to be hospitalized. Hoping he'll heal well and be home soon. I just heard about Barbara needing to be hospitalized too. I sure hope she is okay too. I wonder what happened to her ? She was an amazing First Lady. I really really like her. 

grandmab125
by Ruby Member on Jan. 18, 2017 at 11:05 PM
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I've always liked Bush Sr and Jr and their wives.  They are good people.  However, I have not been a big fan of some of their policies (both admins).

I'm thinking coughing and fatigue at her age and with the strain of Bush Sr being hospitalized again, the drs may be worried about her heart.

I hope they are both home and doing well soon.

I thought that was such a nice letter Bush sr sent to Trump.

Quoting Seashell77:

I was sad to hear about Former President Bush having needed to be hospitalized. Hoping he'll heal well and be home soon. I just heard about Barbara needing to be hospitalized too. I sure hope she is okay too. I wonder what happened to her ? She was an amazing First Lady. I really really like her. 


Sundance8
by Bronze Member on Jan. 18, 2017 at 11:07 PM
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I'm sorry to hear they both are not well. I hope they recover soon.
Seashell77
by Member on Jan. 18, 2017 at 11:37 PM
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Thanks for filling me with what's going on with Barbara.  I sure hope they both will be okay and be home soon too. 

Yes, I feel like you, I liked both Bush families. I too didn't agree with some of the two Former President Bushs' policies. 

Quoting grandmab125:

I've always liked Bush Sr and Jr and their wives.  They are good people.  However, I have not been a big fan of some of their policies (both admins).

I'm thinking coughing and fatigue at her age and with the strain of Bush Sr being hospitalized again, the drs may be worried about her heart.

I hope they are both home and doing well soon.

I thought that was such a nice letter Bush sr sent to Trump.

Quoting Seashell77:

I was sad to hear about Former President Bush having needed to be hospitalized. Hoping he'll heal well and be home soon. I just heard about Barbara needing to be hospitalized too. I sure hope she is okay too. I wonder what happened to her ? She was an amazing First Lady. I really really like her. 


Jambo4
by Platinum Member on Jan. 20, 2017 at 11:34 AM

Does anyone have an update?

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