Ottawa Citizen

Ge­orge H.W. Bush in in­ten­sive care

Former pres­i­dent has suf­fered ‘se­ries of set­backs’

- RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI

HOUS­TON • Former pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush was ad­mit­ted to a hospi­tal’s in­ten­sive care unit “fol­low­ing a se­ries of set­backs in­clud­ing a per­sis­tent fever,” but he is alert and talk­ing to med­i­cal staff, his spokesman said Wed­nes­day.

Jim McGrath, Bush’s spokesman in Hous­ton, said in a brief email that Bush was ad­mit­ted to the in­ten­sive care unit at Methodist Hospi­tal on Sun­day.

He said doc­tors are cau­tiously op­ti­mistic about his treat­ment and that the former pres­i­dent “re­mains in guarded con­di­tion.”

No other de­tails were re­leased about his med­i­cal con­di­tion, but McGrath said Bush is sur­rounded by fam­ily.

The 88-year-old has been hos­pi­tal­ized since Nov. 23, when he was ad­mit­ted for a lin­ger­ing cough re­lated to bron­chi­tis.

Ear­lier Wed­nes­day, McGrath said a fever that kept Bush in the hospi­tal over Christ­mas had got worse and that doc­tors had put him on a liq­uids-only diet.

“It’s an el­e­vated fever, so it’s ac­tu­ally gone up in the last day or two,” McGrath said. “It’s a stub­born fever that won’t go away.”

But he said the cough that ini­tially brought Bush to the hospi­tal has im­proved.

Bush was vis­ited on Christ­mas by his wife, Bar­bara, his son, Neil, and Neil’s wife, Maria, and a grand­son. Bush’s daugh­ter, Dorothy, was ex­pected to ar­rive Wed­nes­day from Bethesda, Mary­land. The 41st pres­i­dent has also been vis­ited twice by his sons, Ge­orge W. Bush, the 43rd pres­i­dent, and Jeb Bush, the former gov­er­nor of Florida.

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

The former pres­i­dent was a naval avi­a­tor in the Sec­ond World War and was shot down over the Pa­cific.

He achieved no­to­ri­ety in re­tire­ment for sky­div­ing on at least three of his birthdays since leav­ing the White House in 1992.

 ?? BOB LEVEY/GETTY IM­AGES ?? Ge­orge H.W. Bush, 88, has been hos­pi­tal­ized since Nov. 23, when he was ad­mit­ted for a lin­ger­ing cough.
BOB LEVEY/GETTY IM­AGES Ge­orge H.W. Bush, 88, has been hos­pi­tal­ized since Nov. 23, when he was ad­mit­ted for a lin­ger­ing cough.

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