Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital due to an infection that has spread into his blood, and is now reported to be responding to treatment.
This comes following a weekend of events celebrating the life of his wife Barbara Bush, and less than one day after her burial.
A Bush spokesman, Jim McGrath, revealed on Twitter just before 6 P.M. Monday, that the 93-year-old former president had been hospitalized on Sunday and was in intensive care.
President Bush was suffering from a blood infection that led to sepsis and for a time, he was in critical condition but he has since stabilized.
“Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition which arises from an infection. It usually occurs in about 200,000 Americans each year. It effects mostly the elderly as well as those with a weakened immune system,” said Dr. Ferdinand Magno.
As news of Bush’s health troubles spread, FilAm nurses within the Methodist hospital system were among those supporters who took to social media to offer their best wishes for the Bush family.
Former First Lady, Barbara, died at home April 17 having voluntarily forgone additional medical treatment. She was buried last Saturday after a funeral service in Houston.
Married for 73 years, they had the longest presidential marriage in U.S. history.
On Saturday morning, Bush attended his wife’s private funeral service, where this now-famous photo was taken with his son, former president’s Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, former first ladies Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama, and current
First Lady Melania Trump.
The elder Bush’s public outings have been limited in recent years, but he has a long history of defying the odds — having survived being shot down over the Pacific Ocean by the Japanese during World War II, and celebrating his 90th birthday by skydiving.
As Bush recovers, Houstonians are thinking of him.