Elder Bush in Intensive Care

Former president in guarded condition after 'series of setbacks'

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Dec 26, 2012 1:21 PM CST | Updated Dec 27, 2012 4:03 AM CST

(Newser) – Former President George HW Bush today remains in an intensive care unit at a Houston hospital, having suffered "a series of setbacks," including a stubborn fever. Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said last night that the former president has been in the ICU at Methodist Hospital since Sunday and was yesterday put on a liquids-only diet. He said doctors were cautiously optimistic about Bush's treatment and that the former president "remains in guarded condition." But McGrath had no new information as of this morning, saying he would release another statement "when events warrant it."

The former president was initially hospitalized with a bronchitis-like cough on Nov. 23. McGrath says the cough has improved, and that the 88-year-old is now coughing about once a day. He has been visited over the holiday by his sons, Neil Bush and former president George W. Bush, along with other family members. Bush's youngest daughter, Dorothy, was to arrive in Houston from Bethesda, Md., yesterday.

George H.W. Bush and wife Barbara Bush in a file photo from June.   (Charles Krupa)
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