Bush still in hospi­tal to ‘build up en­ergy’

Former pres­i­dent’s doc­tors op­ti­mistic he will re­cover but are be­ing cau­tious.

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

HOUS­TON — Former Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush, who has been in a Hous­ton hospi­tal with a lin­ger­ing cough since Novem­ber, needs to “build up his en­ergy” be­fore he can be re­leased, doc­tors said Sun­day.

Methodist Hospi­tal spokesman Ge­orge Ko­vacik said in an emailed state­ment that doc­tors are still op­ti­mistic the 88year-old Bush will make a full re­cov­ery, but he said they are be­ing “ex­tra cau­tious” with his care. Bush is in sta­ble con­di­tion, he said.

Bush was hos­pi­tal­ized Nov. 23 for treat­ment of a bron­chi­tis-re­lated cough. Hospi­tal of­fi­cials have said Bush has been re­ceiv­ing phys­i­cal ther­apy to in­crease his strength.

Bush spokesman Jim McGrath had said on Thurs­day that the former pres­i­dent could be re­leased in time for Christ­mas.

How­ever, Ko­vacik said Sun­day that a dis­charge date hasn’t been set. Ko­vacik said a de­ci­sion on Bush’s re­lease might be de­cided on Mon­day, Christ­mas Eve.

Bush and his wife, Bar­bara, spend win­ters at their home in Hous­ton and sum­mers at their home in Ken­neb­unkport, Maine.

Charles krupa / as­so­ci­ated Press

Former Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush, with wife Bar­bara, has been hos­pi­tal­ized since Nov. 23 for a bron­chi­tis-re­lated cough.

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