Former President George H.W. Bush may be
moved soon from intensive care
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[January 23, 2017]
(Reuters) - Doctors may move former
U.S. President George H.W. Bush out of the intensive care unit of a
Houston hospital in the next day or two, with his vital signs returning
to normal after a week-long bout with pneumonia, a spokesman said on
Bush's wife, Barbara, who had also been admitted to Houston Methodist
Hospital last week with bronchitis, has elected to stay one more evening
to be closer to her husband, spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement.
Barbara Bush, 91, had the option to be discharged on Sunday,
Bush, 92, who was in the White House from 1989 to 1993, is the nation's
oldest living former president. He could not attend Friday's
presidential inauguration of fellow Republican Donald Trump because of
his health, McGrath said earlier.
Bush, who did not endorse Trump's candidacy, was the only living former
president to miss the Washington ceremony. His son George W. Bush,
another former president, attended.
Another one of his sons, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, ran
unsuccessfully against Trump last year for the Republican presidential
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Former President George H.W. Bush smiles as he listens to Republican
presidential candidate Mitt Romney speak as he met with Bush to pick
up his formal endorsement in Houston in this March 29, 2012 file
photo. REUTERS/Donna Carson/File Photo
The elder Bushes marked their 72nd wedding anniversary on Jan. 6.
(Reporting by Frank McGurty in New York; Editing by Peter Cooney)
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