41st President Moved Into Houston Hospital ICU For Persistent, Stubborn Fever

Ex-President George H.W. Bush is in guarded condition in the ICU of a House hospital after hitting a series of setbacks that include a persistent fever.

Bush’s spokesman in Houston Jim McGrath said the ex-president was admitted into Methodist Hospital’s ICU unit on Sunday but is alert and speaking with the medical staff. The 88-year-old’s doctors are being cautiously optimistic about the oldest living ex-U.S. president.

McGrath released no other details about Bush’s medical conditions. However, he did say Bush is surrounded and visited by his family including his sons Jeb, former Florida governor, and George W. Bush, former U.S. president and Neil, Neil’s wife Maria and a grandson and his wife Barbara. Dorothy, Bush’s daughter was expected to be at the hospital Wednesday.

McGrath said Bush has been in the hospital since Nov. 23 due to a bronchitis-related cough that kept him in and out of the hospital with complications. He said Bush’s fever worsened and doctor’s put the former president on a liquid-only diet. McGrath said it’s an elevated fever so it’s risen in the last couple of days… a stubborn fever that will not go away. He said say that the cough, which brought Bush into the hospital in the first place, has improved.

During the winter, Bush and his wife live in the Houston area and, during the summer, they spend it in Kennebunkport, Maine.

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