UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, 3:18 p.m.
Former President George H.W. Bush's condition has taken a turn for the worse, KHOU reported on the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 18. He is currently in the ICU after undergoing surgery to "address an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia." His wife, Barbara Bush has now also been hospitalized for "fatigue and coughing." This story is still developing.
George H. W. Bush was hospitalized in Texas over the weekend due to “shortness of breath.” Jean Becker, the former president's office chief of staff, confirmed the news to a local TV station.
The 92-year-old was rushed to Houston Methodist Hospital on Saturday, Jan. 14 after feeling ill and has remained under hospital care for precautionary measures. Becker said she is expecting him to be released within the next few days.
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"He's there. He's fine and he's doing really well," Becker told the Houston Chronicle.
George H.W. Bush at a White House event in 2013. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Jim McGrath, George’s post-White House spokesperson, also took to social media to provide an update on his condition.
“[George H. W. Bush] has responded very well to treatments. Hope to have him out soon,” the tweet read.
"[He is] being monitored as a precaution and is resting comfortably,” a statement released by George’s official office — obtained by NBC News — read.
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George's wife, Barbara Bush, 91, and his son Neil Bush, 61, are visiting with him at the hospital while he recovers, KHOU reported. George and Barbara are also parents to former US President George W. Bush, former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush, author Dorothy Bush Koch, Marvin Bush, and the late Robin Bush.
George and his wife, Barbara. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
From 1989 to 1993, George served as the 41st POTUS. At 92-years-old, he is the oldest living former US president, though he has unfortunately had his fair share of health issues in the past. After being diagnosed with a form of Parkinson’s disease, George now relies on a wheelchair to get around. Last year, he was rushed to a hospital in Portland, ME after falling down at the family’s summer home and breaking a bone in his neck.
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He was also hospitalized for shortness of breath in 2014, and two years before that he received intensive care for bronchitis-related symptoms. Due to his health issues, George’s office announced that he would not be attending the upcoming inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump.