While we noted earlier today that George H.W Bush had been admitted to a hospital over the weekend due to breathing problems, it appears that his condition may have deteriorated, and as AP reports, the former President has been moved to the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital, while former First Lady Barbara Bush is now also in the hospital. Bush was taken to the hospital over the weekend for shortness of breath. McGrath said earlier Wednesday that the 92 -year-old Bush was responding well to treatments.
A statement from his office issued Wednesday said the former president was treated for an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia.
"Doctors performed a procedure to protect and clear his airway that required sedation," the statement reads. His office said Bush is stable and "resting comfortably."
"Doctors and everyone are very pleased, and we hope to have him out soon," McGrath added, Bush's chief of staff, Jean Becker, told the Houston Chronicle and KHOU-TV that Bush was expected to go home in a couple of days.
Barbara Bush was admitted as a precaution Wednesday for fatigue and coughing.
Former President Bush was admitted to the hospital over the weekend for shortness of breath. 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, Bush celebrated his 90th birthday by making a tandem parachute jump in Kennebunkport, Maine. 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.
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.
Earlier, the elder Bush wrote a note to President-elect Donald Trump explaining why he won't attend the inauguration on Friday, saying that his doctor told him that sitting outside in January "will likely put me six feet under."
The letter was posted by Bush's spokesman, Jim McGrath, on Twitter on Wednesday morning. It's dated January 10.
"Barbara and I are so sorry we can't be there for your inauguration on January 20," Bush wrote. "My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it likely will put me six feet under. Same for Barbara. So I guess we're stuck in Texas." The former president wished Trump "the very best," and said he'd be with Trump and the country "in spirit."
George H.W. Bush sent letter to Trump on Jan. 10 stating he couldn't attend Inauguration: "We will be with you and the country in spirit." pic.twitter.com/zcoieQJmP6— ABC News (@ABC) January 18, 2017