November 14, 2018

Former US President Bush and wife in stable condition

Former US President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush are in a stable condition, according to Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath.

“They may not be out of the woods yet, but we can see the edge of the forest,” indicated McGrath.

He said Barbara Bush continues to be treated for her bronchitis with antibiotics, and she said she feels “a thousand percent better today.”

McGrath added that President Bush is doing better and remains in stable condition in intensive care,” according to CNN.

“The good news is that he is being actively evaluated for having his breathing tube removed,” he reiterated.

The 92-year-old former president was on Wednesday (18/1/2017) moved to intensive care at Houston Methodist Hospital after being admitted on Saturday (14/1/2017), his office said in a statement.

“Shortly after our previous report on President Bush’s condition, he was admitted to the ICU at Houston Methodist Hospital to address an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia,” the statement read.

“Doctors performed a procedure to protect and clear his airway that required sedation. President Bush is stable and resting comfortably in the ICU, where he will remain for observation.”

Bush had previously sent a letter to Donald Trump expressing his regrets he could not attend his Friday’s presidential inauguration.

“My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it likely will put me six feet under. So I guess we’re stuck in Texas,” wrote Bush in a letter.

“I want you to know that I wish you the very best as you begin this incredible journey of leading our great country. If I can ever be of help, please let me know,” he added.

Bush, who served as US president from 1989 to 1993, has a form of Parkinson’s disease and uses a motorized scooter or a wheelchair for mobility.

He was hospitalized in 2015 after falling at his home and breaking a bone in his neck.

He also spent Christmas 2012 in intensive care for a bronchitis-related cough and other issues.

Despite the loss of mobility, Bush celebrated his 90th birthday by making a tandem parachute jump in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Last summer, Bush led a group of 40 wounded warriors on a fishing trip at the helm of his speedboat, three days after his 92nd birthday celebration.

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