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Posted: April 19, 2017

George H.W. Bush to remain hospitalized after pneumonia treatment

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George H.W. Bush to remain hospitalized after pneumonia treatment
FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2017, file photo, former President George H.W. Bush arrives on the field for a coin toss before the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots in Houston. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston since last Friday, Aprul 14, 2017, with a recurrence of a case of pneumonia he had earlier in the year. Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement Tuesday, April 18, 2017, doctors determined he had a mild case of pneumonia which has been treated and resolved. McGrath said the former president 'is in very good spirits and is being held for further observation while he regains his strength.' (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

By Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk


A spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush said the 92-year-old will remain under observation at a Houston hospital over the weekend after he was admitted last week with a mild case of pneumonia.

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Bush was taken to Houston Methodist Hospital on April 14 with a persistent cough, spokesman James McGrath said. Doctors determined that the 41st president had pneumonia and successfully treated him.

McGrath said Friday that Bush will remain hospitalized over the weekend as a precaution. He and his wife, Barbara Bush, are scheduled to travel to Maine soon, and doctors want to “ensure (he has) a fully clean bill of health,” McGrath said.

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“President Bush feels terrific and is buoyed by regular visits from his family and phone calls with friends such as (former Vice  President) Dan Quayle,” he said.

McGrath said on Wednesday that Bush “continues to gain strength.”

“Mr. Bush had a good night’s rest and his spirits are high,” McGrath said. “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.”

The hospitalization is the second this year for Bush. He was hospitalized for two weeks in January with a case of bacterial pneumonia. His wife, Barbara Bush, was also briefly hospitalized with viral bronchitis.

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