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Former US President George H.W. Bush Admitted to Hospital


FILE - Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush arrives on the field to do the coin toss ahead of the start of Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons in Houston, Texas, Feb. 5, 2017.

Former President George H. W. Bush, 93, has been admitted to the hospital for a blood infection, a spokesman for the family said Monday evening.

Bush was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital Sunday morning. The former president's hospitalization follows so closely on the death of his wife Barbara last Tuesday. The family had been worried about how he would deal with her death and such an emotional week, according to CNN.

He contracted an infection that spread to his blood, a statement read. He was responding to treatments and appeared to be recovering.

Former President George W. Bush and his father former President George H.W. Bush watch as the casket of former first lady Barbara Bush is loaded into a hearse at St. Martin's Episcopal church, April 21, 2018, in Houston
Former President George W. Bush and his father former President George H.W. Bush watch as the casket of former first lady Barbara Bush is loaded into a hearse at St. Martin's Episcopal church, April 21, 2018, in Houston

Bush, who served one term as president from 1989 to 1993, has been in and out of the hospital over the last couple of years.

In April 2017, he was released from a Houston hospital after treatment for pneumonia and chronic bronchitis.

A few months before that, he was hospitalized at Houston Methodist for 16 days for pneumonia. He was previously hospitalized in Maine in 2015, after he fell and broke a bone in his neck. In December 2014, he was hospitalized for about a week in Houston for shortness of breath.

The family's spokesman said he would issue additional updates "as events warrant."

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