Former President George H.W. Bush in intensive care, spokesman says

Posted Dec. 26, 2012, at 7:05 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 26, 2012, at 7:46 p.m.
Former President George H.W. Bush
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Former President George H.W. Bush

AUSTIN, Texas — Former President George H.W. Bush is in the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital and is in “guarded condition,” family spokesman Jim McGrath said Wednesday.

“The president is alert and conversing with medical staff, and is surrounded by family,” McGrath said in a statement.

“Following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever, President Bush was admitted to the intensive care unit at Methodist Hospital on Sunday where he remains in guarded condition,” McGrath said.

Doctors at Methodist Hospital “continue to be cautiously optimistic about the current course of treatment,” McGrath said.

The 88-year-old was admitted to the hospital Nov. 23 for bronchitis.

Bush, the 41st president and a Republican, took office in 1989 and served one term as president. The father of former President George W. Bush, he also served as a congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, envoy to China, CIA director and vice president for two terms under Ronald Reagan.

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