Houston, Texas, USA: “President Bush was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital yesterday morning after contracting an infection that spread to his blood,” George H.W. Bush’s office spokesman Jim McGrath, said in a statement on Monday. “He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering. We will issue additional updates as events warrant”
President George H.W. Bush, 93, was hospitalized less than a day after the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92. More than 1,500 friends and family members attended the private service at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston to pay their respects.
Barbara Bush had congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the years before her death.
The 41st president mourned his wife of 73 years in a statement, calling her “a woman unlike any other.”
“Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions,” he said. “To us, she was so much more. Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until then.”
The former first lady’s funeral was attended by former Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Bill Clinton, along with first lady Melania Trump and former first ladies Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama.
Both President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush had been hospitalized off and on over the past couple years. The former president was hospitalized in January 2017 and again April 2017, both times for pneumonia.
Bush, the oldest-living former president — and longest-lived president in U.S. history — has vascular parkinsonism, a form of Parkinson’s disease.