The former President and father of George W. Bush, spent Christmas in a Houston hospital — he’s been in the hospital since Nov. 23 for a “bronchitis-like” cough and his condition is getting worse.
George H. W. Bush spent the holidays in the hospital. The 88-year-old and 41st President of the United States has been in the hospital since before Thanksgiving and on Dec. 23 he was admitted to intensive care, as doctors remain “cautiously optimistic.”
“He’s had a few setbacks. Late last week, he had a few low-energy days followed by a low-grade fever,” Jim McGrath, George’s spokesman said in a statement. “Doctors still say they are cautiously optimistic, but every time they get over one thing, another thing pops up.”
The cough that initially caused George Sr. to go to the hospital isn’t as bad anymore but his fever is what has doctors worried. According to TMZ, his fever has gone up and doctors are unable to “control it.”
“Given his current condition, doctors just want to hang on to him,” the spokesman continued. “He’s just the most relentlessly positive person. He does enjoy joking with the nurses.”
We told you when George was first admitted to the hospital: “President Bush is in the hospital,” the former president’s chief of staff, Jean Becker, tells the Houston Chronicle. “We have kept this quiet out of respect for him.”
Meanwhile, George’s wife and former First Lady Barbara Bush has been by his side. His son George Jr. has been to the hospital twice, along with his other son Jeb, Neil and other members of the family.
— Chloe Melas
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