UPDATE: Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath released a statement Thursday on the health of former President George H.W. Bush, 92, and former First Lady Barbara Bush, 91, who are hospitalized in Houston.

McGrath said that Mr. Bush is in stable condition and hopes to be released from the ICU within a few days, while his wife came down with bronchitis and was feeling "1,000 percent better" Thursday morning.

President Bush had a good night’s rest and remains in stable condition in the ICU at Houston Methodist Hospital. His medical team is actively evaluating him for extubation, and we are hopeful he will be discharged from the ICU in a few days.

After being admitted yesterday and diagnosed with a case of bronchitis, Mrs. Bush reports she feels "1,000% better" this morning. Antibiotics and some good rest seem to have restored her to better health.

The Bushes received an uplifting visit from their dear friends, Jim and Susan Baker, last night, and are deeply appreciative for the wonderful care they are receiving — as well as the prayers and good wishes from far and wide.


Both former President George H.W. Bush, 92, and former First Lady Barbara Bush, 91, have been admitted to the hospital in Texas.

The office released the following statement after an initial statement saying President Bush was taken to the hospital Saturday and was responding very well to treatments:

"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. 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.

Additionally, Mrs. Bush was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital this morning as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing.

We will provide additional updates as events warrant."

Bush sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump several days ago saying he would not be able to attend Friday's inauguration.

"My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it likely will put me six feet under. ... But we will be with you and the country in spirit," the letter read.

Stay tuned for more updates as they become available.


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