President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized over the weekend once again after he exhibited pneumonia-related symptoms.
A statement was released on Twitter yesterday by Bush’s spokesman, Jim McGrath, saying that Bush was admitted to the hospital because of a “persistent cough that prevented him from getting proper rest.”
‘President George H.W. Bush was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Friday for observation due to a persistent cough that prevented him from getting proper rest. It was subsequently determined he had a mild case of pneumonia, which was treated and has been resolved. President Bush is in very good spirits and is being held for further observation while he regains his strength.’
— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) April 18, 2017
On Wednesday, CNN reports, McGrath issued another statement about the 41st president, saying that his “spirits are high.”
‘Mr. Bush had a good night’s rest, and his spirits are high. Although he will not be discharged today, he is already looking forward to going home to Mrs. Bush, who has been constantly by his side.’
A source close to Bush also told CNN that the former president is receiving IV antibiotics and will most likely remain in the hospital for a few more days. The source also said that the news about Bush’s hospitalization remained under wraps until Tuesday because he and the former first lady, Barbara Bush, “did not want to worry anyone over the Easter weekend.”
This is not 92-year-old Bush’s first health scare this year. He was also hospitalized for 12 days in January for “an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia.” Barbara Bush was hospitalized at the time as well as a precaution, since she was coughing and feeling fatigued.
The timing of the couple’s illnesses meant that they were forced to miss President Trump’s January 20 inauguration. Over a week before the event, Bush sent Trump a letter saying that if he would likely end up “six feet under” if he sat outside in January.
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) January 18, 2017
After receiving the letter, Trump took to Twitter to thank the Bushes and wish them both a speedy recovery. So far, the president has not commented on Bush’s most recent hospitalization.
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