Bush’s fam­ily quiet on sta­tus amid ICU care

Austin American-Statesman - - NEWS - By Michael Graczyk Bush re­mains hos­pi­tal­ized.

hOUS­TON — Former Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush’s fam­ily sought pri­vacy and pro­vided no new de­tails Thurs­day about his med­i­cal con­di­tion, a day af­ter his spokesman said he’s in in­ten­sive care af­ter be­ing hos­pi­tal­ized for treat­ment of a bron­chi­tis-re­lated cough.

Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said he would put out an­other state­ment “when events war­rant it,” cit­ing the fam­ily’s right to and de­sire for pri­vacy.

Bush, 88, en­tered Methodist Hospi­tal in Hous­ton on Nov. 23 for treat­ment of what McGrath has de­scribed as a “stub­born” cough. He had spent about a week there ear­lier in Novem­ber for treat­ment of the same con­di­tion.

It was hoped Bush would be well enough to spend Christ­mas at home. But while his cough im­proved, he devel­oped a per­sis­tent fever. McGrath dis­closed Wed­nes­day that Bush, the old­est liv­ing former pres­i­dent, had been trans­ferred to the in­ten­sive care unit Sun­day and his con­di­tion was down­graded to “guarded.”

“He needs to rally,” McGrath said. “We con­tinue to be cau­tiously op­ti­mistic.”

Bush and his wife, Bar­bara, live in Hous­ton dur­ing the win­ter and spend their sum­mers at a home in Ken­neb­unkport, Maine.

He suf­fers from a form of Parkin­son’s disease.

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