Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized, treated for pneumonia

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HOUSTON — A spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush said the 92-year-old was readmitted to a Houston hospital Friday over what turned out to be pneumonia.

Jim McGrath confirmed the return to the hospital in a statement on Tuesday, adding Bush was taken to the hospital because of a cough that prevented him from sleeping.

The cough turned out to be because of pneumonia, which has been treated and resolved, McGrath said.

“President Bush is in very good spirits and is being held for further observation while he regains his strength,” the statement read.

A source close to Bush said the former president is receiving IV antibiotics and will probably be kept at the hospital for a few more days for observation.

The source said the Bushes had not previously announced the hospital visit because they did not want to worry anyone over Easter weekend.

Bush was last admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital in January to address “an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia” before being released from the hospital on Jan. 30.

Bush’s wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, was hospitalized in January over bronchitis before being released the same month.

Just five days after his release from the hospital, Bush tossed the coin alongside his wife at the Super Bowl in Houston.

Former President Bill Clinton visited Bush earlier this month and gave him a few pairs of patterned socks.

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