Former President George H. W. Bush Hospitalized with Pneumonia

HOUSTON, TEXAS (KMOX/AP) – Former President George H. W. Bush continues to recover in a Houston hospital from
“a mild case of pneumonia.”

The 92-year-old former President was hospitalized for two weeks in January for treatment of pneumonia.

“At that time it sounded like it was pneumonia but a more severe case of pneumonia,” says CNN Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. “He was in the intensive care unit and he was also put on a breathing machine at that time and we understand that during all of his hospitalizations for this back in January was the first time he was put on a breathing machine.”

Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Wednesday that the 92-year-old Bush “continues to gain strength … had a good night’s rest, and his spirits are high.”

Bush was brought to Houston Methodist Hospital last Friday for treatment of a persistent cough. He said doctors diagnosed that as pneumonia but that the illness has been treated and resolved.

Gupta says this time he’s getting IV antibiotics, which suggests this is a bacterial pneumonia.

“He’s 92-years-old, he’s also in a wheel chair, he was diagnosed with a form of Parkinson’s years ago,” Gupta says. “When you’re not as mobile because you’re in the wheelchair and of that age, pneumonia is one of the things that people worry about, so it’s not that surprising and he does seem to have these pretty quick recoveries afterward.”

Bush served as president from 1989 to 1993.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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