George H.W. Bush – the nation’s oldest living president – was in the hospital intensive care unit, his spokesman told the news media on January 18. Bush is now in the intensive care unit at the hospital, and his wife, Barbara, was also briefly hospitalized.
However, both Bushes are not out of the hospital, and they recovered enough that they participated in the coin toss at Super Bowl 2017.
Here’s how George H.W. Bush’s medical drama unfolded:
Bush’s spokesman said that the former president was taken to Houston Methodist Hospital because he was complaining of shortness of breath, CNN reported. Barbara was then hospitalized after suffering fatigue and coughing, reported NBC News.
However, Barbara was discharged from the hospital on January 23, although George remains a patient. The former president is sitting up, talking with doctors, and returning phone calls, as he continues to recover from pneumonia, a statement from the hospital said.
Former President George W. Bush wrote on social media on January 19 that “your prayers are working” and both his parents were doing better and “fighting on”:
Initial reports were that George H.W. Bush was expected to be released from the hospital soon and was “responding well to treatments.” However, those accounts were then updated with the news that the former president is now in ICU. NBC News is now reporting that Bush is suffering from an “acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia.”
The former president’s spokesman now says, “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.”