Former President George H.W. Bush, 92, has been moved to an intensive care unit at Houston Methodist after undergoing a procedure to clear his airway, according to spokesman Jim McGrath. Bush's wife of 72 years, Barbara Bush, was also admitted to the hospital on Wednesday as a precaution after she started experiencing fatigue and having trouble breathing.
On Wednesday the 41st president started having difficulty breathing because of pneumonia. Doctors sedated him to perform the procedure to ensure that his airways are open.
Bush, the nation's oldest living former president, was admitted to Houston Methodist on Saturday because he was having trouble breathing. Some have speculated that the elder Bush was skipping President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration because of his previous lack of support for the incoming Republican president, but Bush, who has been in increasingly fragile health in recent years, stated in a letter to Trump that his doctors told him "if I sit outside in January, it likely will put me six feet under."
Bush is now stable and resting comfortably in the ICU, according to McGrath. It's still not a good situation — a 92-year-old in the ICU with pneumonia can never really be spun as a positive — but McGrath says not to count Bush out, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Barbara Bush has been diagnosed with bronchitis, not pneumonia.
We've asked about the current status of both Bushes and will update as soon as we hear back from McGrath on their current conditions.
Update, 11:30 a.m.: McGrath says the former president is still in stable condition and doctors are evaluating as to when they can take his breathing tube out. Barbara Bush stated she feels "1,000 percent better" after an overnight stay in Houston Methodist. Bush is expected to be moved out of the ICU in a few days. There's no word on when either Bush might be discharged from the hospital.
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