George H.W. Bush hospitalized with ‘mild case’ of pneumonia

Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston with “a mild case of pneumonia,” his office announced Tuesday.

Bush was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital last Friday, according to a statement from his office, to treat “a persistent cough that prevented him from getting proper rest.” The source of that cough turned out to be pneumonia which has since been “treated and resolved,” Bush’s office said.

The former president remains hospitalized “for further observation while he regains his strength” but “is in very good spirits.”

Bush’s trip to the hospital is his second this year for pneumonia, although the more recent bout appears to have been less severe than the first. The former president spent 12 days in Houston Methodist Hospital in January, including five in intensive care, receiving treatment for a respiratory problem brought on by pneumonia.

His wife, Barbara Bush, was also admitted to the hospital to be treated for bronchitis at the same time as her husband. Both were forced to skip the inauguration of President Donald Trump but were well enough to appear at Super Bowl 51, which was played at Houston’s NRG Stadium, where they flipped the coin.

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