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George H.W. Bush Hospitalized For Pneumonia Again

| by Michael Doherty

Former President George H.W. Bush is back in hospital to be treated for pneumonia, the second time he has had the condition in recent months.

Jim McGrath, a spokesman for the Bush family, said the former president, 92, was hospitalized on April 14 "for observation due to a persistent cough that prevented him from getting proper rest," Reuters reports. He is at the Methodist Hospital in Houston.

"It was subsequently determined he had a mild case of pneumonia, which was treated and has been resolved," said McGrath, who added that the former Republican president is "in very good spirits" and will be held for further observation while he recovers from the illness.

"Although he will not be discharged today, he is already looking forward to going home to Mrs. Bush, who has been constantly by his side," McGrath said, according to CNN.

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The former president was previously hospitalized for "an acute respiratory problem stemming from from pneumonia" in January before being released later that month. His wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, was also hospitalized for bronchitis before being released in January.

A few days after he was released from the hospital, George H.W. Bush did the coin flip with his wife at the 2017 Super Bowl.

At 92, George H.W. Bush is the nation's oldest living former president. He served as president from 1989 to 1992.

A few days after he turned 92, the former president reportedly took a group of 40 wounded soldiers on a fishing trip on his speedboat.

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George H.W. Bush has reportedly had a number of hospitalizations over the years, including an incident in 2015 where he was hospitalized in Maine after a fall at his summer home led to a broken bone in his neck, NPR reports.

He was also in intensive care over Christmas 2012 for a cough related to bronchitis.

The former president has a form of Parkinson's disease and uses a motorized scooter or wheelchair to get around.

George H.W. Bush was not able to attend the inauguration of President Donald Trump on Jan. 20 because of a doctor's recommendation, reports Time.

"Barbara and I are so sorry we can't be there for our Inauguration on January 20th," the former president wrote in a letter to Trump. "My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it will likely put me six feet under. Same for Barbara. So I guess we're stuck in Texas."

"I want you to know that I wish you the very best as you begin this incredible journey of leading our great country," George H.W. Bush wrote. "If I can ever be of help, please let me know."

Sources: Reuters via AOL, CNN, NPR, Time / Photo credit: AJ Guel/Flickr

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