Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized on Sunday


Former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized on Sunday -- one day after the funeral for his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush -- after an infection he contracted spread to his blood, his spokesman said Monday.

"President Bush was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital yesterday morning after contracting an infection that spread to his blood," spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement. "He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering. We will issue additional updates as events warrant."

Bush, 93, was admitted to the hospital on Sunday morning with an infection that led to sepsis, which can be life-threatening, according to a source close to the former Republican President. He was in critical condition, the source said.

The source added that Bush's blood pressure kept dropping and a couple of times there was serious concern about whether he was going to come through, but that he had been stabilized.

But with Bush's age, his health and with this infection, this is very serious, the source explained.

Bush spent two weeks in the hospital for treatment of pneumonia and chronic bronchitis -- something his doctors say is a condition usually found in the elderly which can aggravate the symptoms of pneumonia.

In 2015, the AP writes that Mr. Bush was hospitalized in Maine after falling at home and breaking a bone in his neck -- and in December 2014 for about a week for shortness of breath. His Christmas holiday in 2012 was spent in intensive care for a bronchitis-related cough and other issues.

Bush attended his wife's funeral wearing a pair of knitted socks decorated in blue, read and yellow books -- a tribute to her legacy of promoting literacy. McGrath noted that Barbara had raised more than $100 million for the cause, Reuters reports.

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