A day after his beloved wife Barbara was laid to rest, former President George H.W. Bush was admitted to a Houston hospital on Sunday for treatment of an infection that had spread to his bloodstream, his spokesman said. By Monday evening, however, the spokesman said the condition of the 93-year-old Bush was apparently improving.
Bush spokesman Jim McGrath revealed the 41st president’s hospitalization on Twitter just before 6 p.m. Monday, following a weekend of events celebrating the life of Barbara Bush.
“President Bush was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital yesterday morning after contracting an infection that spread to his blood,” McGrath wrote Monday. “He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering. We will issue additional updates as events warrant.”
McGrath declined to confirm news reports that Bush was in intensive care and did not immediately clarify why the family decided to wait a day to announce his condition. But the spokesman said Bush was eager to get back to the family’s summer home in Kennebunkport, adding, “The 41st president want to go to Maine. Hes the most goal-oriented person on the planet and I would not bet against him.”
“There is no prediction, per se,” as to whether the president might continue recovering or take a turn for the worse, said Dr. Hana El Sahly, an expert in infectious diseases with Baylor College of Medicine. Blood infections typically come from a specific source, such as a bowel infection, pneumonia or a skin infection — but it’s not immediately clear what led to Bush’s condition, though he has had pneumonia in the past…….
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