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George H W Bush hospitalised a day after his wife's funeral

AFP | Former US presidents George W. Bush (L) and George H.W. Bush arrive for Barbara Bush's funeral in Houston, Texas

Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalised in Houston with an infection, just after attending the funeral of his wife, Barbara, a spokesman said Monday.


Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath says 93-year-old former President George H.W. Bush is eager to get well so he can get to his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

The 41st president is being treated at Houston Methodist Hospital for an infection that's spread to his blood. He was admitted Sunday, a day after his wife Barbara's funeral.

McGrath describes Bush as "the most goal-oriented person on this planet."

Their son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, indicated during his eulogy Saturday that his father had been hospitalised recently at the same time Barbara Bush was being treated. Jeb Bush said, "I think Dad got sick on purpose so that he could be with her."

Those hospitalisations were not publicly disclosed at the time.

First lady Melania Trump, who attended the funeral, sent her best wishes to the former president.

Trump tweeted Monday evening: "Sending healing thoughts of strength, along with prayers, for President George HW Bush tonight."

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

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

He attended the funeral wearing a pair of knitted socks decorated in blue, red and yellow books   a tribute to his late wife's work promoting literacy.

On Friday, during the public viewing of Barbara Bush's casket, George H.W. Bush offered his hand to many of the around 2,500 people who walked through the church to pay their respects.

A year ago this month, Bush spent two weeks in the hospital for treatment of pneumonia and chronic bronchitis, a constant irritation of the lining of tubes that carry air to one's lungs. Bush's doctors said chronic bronchitis is a condition more prevalent with age and can aggravate the symptoms of pneumonia.

Bush was hospitalised for 16 days in January 2017 for pneumonia. During that hospital stay, which included time in intensive care, doctors inserted a breathing tube and connected him to a ventilator.

He also was hospitalised in 2015 in Maine after falling at home and breaking a bone in his neck, and in December 2014 for about a week for shortness of breath. He spent Christmas 2012 in intensive care for a bronchitis-related cough and other issues.

George Herbert Walker Bush served as president from 1989 to 1993. Born June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts, Bush also served as a congressman, CIA director and Ronald Reagan's vice president.

(France 24 and AP)

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