Former US President George H.W. Bush hospitalised

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Former President of United States George H.W. Bush contracted with an infection that spread to his blood and was admitted to a hospital in Houston on Sunday, a family spokesperson said yesterday.

93-year-old Bush was rushed to Houston Methodist Hospital a day after his wife, Barbara’s funeral.

“He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering,” spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement.

Bush is the country’s oldest living ex-president, served a single term in the office from 1989 to 1993.

He is the father of former Republican President George W. Bush who served two terms from 2001 to 2009.

Former US first lady died last Tuesday aged 92.

Barbara Bush was laid to rest Saturday in a ceremony attended by her husband and former presidents Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and son George W. Bush and their wives, along with their current wives.

The current first lady, Melania Trump who also had attended the funeral sent her best wishes to the former president. She tweeted, “Sending healing thoughts of strength, along with prayers, for President George HW Bush tonight.”

Mr. and Mrs. Bush had been married for 73 years- the longest presidential marriage in US history.

One year ago during the same month, Bush spent two weeks in the hospital for treatment of pneumonia and chronic bronchitis.

The elder Bush uses a wheelchair and an electric scooter for mobility after developing a form of Parkinson’s disease and has needed hospital treatment several times in recent years for respiratory problems.

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