Bush re­mains hos­pi­tal­ized:

Ge­orge H.W. Bush, 88, in sta­ble con­di­tion fol­low­ing bout with bron­chi­tis.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Ramit Plushnick-Masti As­so­ci­ated Press

Former Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush is still in a Hous­ton hospi­tal where he is be­ing treated for a painful, lin­ger­ing bron­chi­tis-re­lated cough, and there is no time­line for his re­lease.

HOUS­TON — Former Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush re­mains in a Hous­ton hospi­tal, where he is be­ing treated for a painful, lin­ger­ing bron­chi­tis-re­lated cough, and there is no time­line for his re­lease, his spokesman said Mon­day.

Ini­tially, aides had said the 88-year-old 41st pres­i­dent would be re­leased from the hospi­tal over the week­end. But he has a “nag­ging cough” and “we don’t have any idea when he’ll be re­leased,” Methodist Hospi­tal spokesman Ge­orge Ko­vacik said.

“They’re not in any hurry, so they’re just keep­ing him here, but there’s really no change in his con­di­tion,” Ko­vacik said. “He’s sta­ble and he’s still here.”

Bush has been in and out of the hospi­tal for treat­ment of the cough since last month. The former pres­i­dent also has a form of Parkin­son’s disease that forces him to use a wheel­chair or mo­tor­ized scooter.

The ex-pres­i­dent and his wife, Bar­bara, live in Hous­ton dur­ing the win­ter and spend their sum­mers in a home in Ken­neb­unkport, Maine.

Bush’s con­di­tion has im­proved in re­cent days, his spokesman in Hous­ton, Jim McGrath, said, and he has been re­ceiv­ing vis­i­tors. Although he has not been di­ag­nosed with pneu­mo­nia, which can be dan­ger­ous in el­derly peo­ple, and the cough is not life- threat­en­ing, the doc­tors and Bush him­self pre­fer to wait un­til the cough goes away be­fore send­ing him home.

“I was with him yes­ter­day. He had a great day yes­ter­day. He had a good night’s sleep the night be­fore, im­por­tantly, and his breath­ing was so much bet­ter. But he still has this cough, and when he coughs, it hurts,” McGrath said. “The doc­tors don’t really want to let him go un­til he’s 100 per­cent.”

Bush’s wife, Bar­bara, has been by his side nearly non­stop, McGrath said. Pre­vi­ously, former Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush vis­ited.

More re­cently, his son, Neil Bush, and his wife, Maria, who live in Hous­ton, have been fre­quent vis­i­tors, along with their son, Bush’s grand­son Pierce Bush, he added.

On Sun­day, former U.S. Sec­re­tary of State James Baker and his wife, Su­san, also stopped by.

The high­light of the day, though, was the Hous­ton Tex­ans’ 24-10 vic­tory over the Ten­nessee Ti­tans, a win that se­cured the Tex­ans a spot in the NFL play­offs.

Former Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush, with wife Bar­bara in June, has been hos­pi­tal­ized for about a week. CHARLES KRUPA / AP

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