Elder ex-president Bush recovering in
hospital after breathing problems
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[January 18, 2017]
By Brendan O'Brien
(Reuters) - Former U.S. President George
H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston since the weekend after he
experienced a shortness of breath, a family spokesman said on Wednesday.
Bush, 92, the oldest living former American president, has been at the
Houston Methodist Hospital since Saturday and "has responded very well
to treatments," spokesman Jim McGrath said in an email to Reuters.
"Doctors and everyone are very pleased, and we hope to have him out
soon," McGrath wrote.
Bush is the father of former President George W. Bush and former Florida
Governor Jeb Bush, who sought the 2016 Republican presidential
The elder Bush, a Republican like his sons, served as vice president
during Ronald Reagan's two White House terms before being elected
president in 1988. He served four years in the White House.
Bush has used a wheelchair in his later years and was hospitalized twice
in 2014 - once for seven weeks with pneumonia and again for breathing
difficulties. In July 2015 he broke a bone in his neck in a fall at the
family home in Maine.
Bush's public appearances have been rare since he entered his 90s. In
October 2015, Bush, sitting his wheelchair, wearing a brace on his neck
and clad in a Houston Astros jersey, tossed out the first pitch at the
team's playoff game against the Kansas City Royals.
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Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush waves as he enters the second
session of the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul,
Minnesota in this September 2, 2008 file photograph. REUTERS/Rick
In 2016, he marked the 75th anniversary of Japan's attack on Pearl
Harbor by attending a ceremony at his library at Texas A&M
University where Bob Dole, the former Republican Senator from
Kansas, was presented with an award for public service.
(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Mark
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