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

(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.

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Perotstheman
Dec 27, 2012 1:07 PM CST
Honorable George Bush I wish you a speedy and complete recovery and blessings of continued good health in the coming years. And Thank you for your Service to our country.
Wrongdirection
Dec 27, 2012 10:32 AM CST
for the best care possible he needs to be sent to the Federal Medical Center in Springfield, MO. It's where he needs to be anyway! Burning Bush...lol... I like that Kj_nm.. I hate to say this but I hope it runs in the family.
kj_nm
Dec 27, 2012 9:36 AM CST
with Dubya Sr in hospital with a fever, should we refer to him as The Burning Bush?