Former U.S. President, George H.W. Bush is currently in guarded condition in the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital. Officials have declined to provide any updates stating that they would issue an “updated statement when events warrant it.”
The 88-year old was admitted to the Methodist hospital’s intensive care unit on Sunday, after a series of setbacks including a persistent fever. The Houston Chronicle reported that Jim McGrath, George H.W. Bush’s spokesman, said Bush’s fever rose on Wednesday. The fever had gotten worse and so 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 told The Associated Press. “It’s a stubborn fever that won’t go away.”
Doctors reported he was doing better by Thursday. McGrath updated that the fever is being treated with Tylenol, but it is not responding to the treatment.
The former president has been struggling with fever, weakness and a bronchitis-like cough, according to the Associated Press. A high fever prevented his plan to spend Christmas at home.
“He remains in guarded condition,” McGrath said in a statement. “Doctors at Methodist continue to be cautiously optimistic about the current course of treatment. The President is alert and conversing with medical staff, and is surrounded by family.”
In February, George H.W. Bush was diagnosed with lower body Parkinsonism, a condition that causes instability from the waist down, which now has him using a wheelchair. Then on November 7 he was admitted to the hospital for a bronchitis-like cough, though he was soon discharged on November 19.
Even though the former president spent Christmas in the hospital, he has plenty of family stopping by for a visit. His wife, Barbara, son Neil, and one of his grandsons were there at the hospital to see him. Also, his sons, George W. Bush our 43rd president, and Jeb Bush, the former-governor of Florida have made trips to the hospital to visit.
“He appreciates all the good wishes coming his way,” his close aide, Jean Becker, says in an email statement. “He would ask you to please put the harps away. He plans on staying put.”
The former president is remaining calm, optimistic, and peaceful during his setbacks and hospitalization.
On December 12, when Jenna Bush Hager announced her pregnancy, George H.W. Bush was already in hospital, but it’s said he is to be “over the moon” about the news of his granddaughter’s first child.
George H.W. Bush remains in intensive care
Former President George H.W. Bush remains in an intensive care unit at a Houston hospital.
George H.W. Bush in Intensive Care
Former President George H.W. Bush has been admitted to the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital ‘following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever,’ but he is alert and talking to medical staff, his spokesman said Wednesday.