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Former President George H.W. Bush Is Admitted to Houston Hospital

Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted to a Houston hospital in November with a “stubborn fever that is slightly elevated.”

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HOUSTON, Texas — Former President George H.W. Bush has been moved out of intensive care at a Houston hospital after his condition improved, a family spokesman said Saturday.

Bush, the oldest surviving president at 88, is now in a regular patient room at Methodist Hospital, where he will continue his recovery, the spokesman said.

“The Bushes thank everyone for their prayers and good wishes,” family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement.

Bush was admitted to the Houston hospital Nov. 23 suffering from a bronchial cough. McGrath said earlier this week that a series of setbacks, including a persistent fever, caused doctors to move Bush into the intensive care unit Sunday.

On Friday, McGrath said Bush’s doctors and his family were “cautiously optimistic that the current course of treatment will be effective.”

McGrath said Bush, a World War II veteran, former CIA director and father of former President George W. Bush, was in good spirits and even engaged in singing with his doctors and nurses.

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HOUSTON, Tex. (CNN) — Former President George H.W. Bush remains in an intensive care unit at a Houston hospital with a “stubborn fever that is slightly elevated,” his spokesman told CNN on Wednesday.

He has been in the intensive care unit at Methodist Hospital since Sunday, spokesman Jim McGrath said, and has been hospitalized there for over a month.

McGrath said earlier Wednesday that Bush had spent Christmas with members of his family and was in good spirits.

Bush was in guarded condition and on a liquid diet that took effect with his transfer to the ICU, but McGrath could not offer more details about the reasons for the liquid diet.

Doctors were initially treating him for bronchitis and a lingering cough. More recently he had been undergoing physical therapy in preparation for returning home.

He developed a fever mid- to late last week and began experiencing other complications that McGrath described as “a series of setbacks.”

Bush, who at 88 is the oldest living former president, was visited yesterday by his family, including his wife Barbara, son Neil, daughter-in-law Maria and grandson Pierce. His daughter Doro is visiting him today.

“His mood is relentlessly positive and includes humorous banter with his doctor,” McGrath said Wednesday morning.

McGrath said Bush’s condition is slightly better today than it was yesterday.

He told CNN affiliate KPRC in Houston that Bush is “surrounded by his family, that is the best medicine and that’s not the ideal way to spend Christmas, but he’s playing the hand that he’s been dealt.”

Bush was first hospitalized November 7-19, and then was readmitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on November 23.

McGrath told KPRC that doctors’ optimism he would be home before Christmas came after “he had strung together a couple of good days,” but that the fever and other complications had interfered with that.

Bush said “I’m determined not to be grumpy about all of this,” McGrath told KPRC.

dad-bushHOUSTON, Tex. — Former President George H.W. Bush remains in a Houston hospital Thursday after being treated for bronchitis, his spokesman said. His office said he was in stable condition.

Bush, 88, has been hospitalized at Houston’s Methodist Hospital for six days and has a “lingering cough,” spokesman Jim McGrath told CNN.

“President Bush has been in and out of The Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center being treated for complications related to his bronchitis,” his office said in a statement.

“He is in stable condition, and is expected to be released within the next 72 hours.”

Bush has a form of Parkinson’s disease that affects his legs and requires him to use a wheelchair.

He is the oldest living former president and a World War II veteran.

He was previously hospitalized overnight in 2007 after a fainting spell caused by dehydration and hot weather while golfing in California.