After remaining in a Texas hospital since last month, due to a bout of bronchitis and lingering cough, former President George H.W. Bush may be able to head home in time for the holidays.
The 41st President of the United States is now 88-years-old and was admitted into Methodist Hospital in Houston a day after Thanksgiving and has been recieving treatment there since then. He was originally expected not to stay in the hospital for this long but a “lingering cough” has kept him there longer. However, now his health has improved enough to allow him to be released soon from hospital care.
“President Bush’s condition has steadily improved to the point that, instead of battling the lingering effects of bronchitis, the focus of his treatment now centers on a physical therapy program designed to increase his strength in advance of his eventual discharge,” said hospital spokesman George Kovacik.
“Given his current pace of progress, doctors expect that President Bush will be able to celebrate Christmas at home with his family — though no release date has been set at this time,” Kovacik added.
Aside from being a World War II veteran, Bush Sr. is currently the oldest living ex-president. He was last hospitalized in 2007 after suffering from a fainting spell while golfing in hot weather in California, and suffered from dehydration.
Bush also suffers from a form of Parkinson’s disease, affecting his legs, which now requires him to use a wheel chair.
Upon leaving office, Bush retired with his wife, Barbara, and temporarily moved into a friend’s house near the Tanglewood community of Houston as they prepared to build a permanent retirement house nearby. Ultimately, they built their retirement house in the community of West Oaks, near Tanglewood.
On January 10, 1999, the Bushes became the longest-married Presidential couple in history, outlasting John and Abigail Adams, who were married for 54 years and 3 days. At 66 years in 2011, they still hold the record, by a year and a half, over Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter.
Just this week George H.W. Bush’s granddaughter, Jenna bush Hager announced she was pregnant. The baby would be Bush Sr.’s first great grandchild.