Former President George H.W. Bush Hospitalized
Byline: Associated Press
HOUSTON Former President George H.W. Bush was in a Houston hospital Thursday for continuing treatment of a lingering cough.
Bush, 88, has been in and out of the hospital recently for complications resulting from bronchitis, Methodist Hospital said in a brief statement.
The hospital and Bushs spokesman in Houston, Jim McGrath, described Bush as in stable condition and said they expected the former president to be released by the weekend. Hes been under hospital care for nearly a week.
"If you asked him today, he would tell you he feels good enough to get out this afternoon," McGrath said Thursday. "But the doctors have a different view. Hes 88, and theyre being extra careful, and understandably so."
The former presidents illness was described as not life-threatening.
"Any time someone the presidents age had bronchitis, theres concern about possible pneumonia," Dr. Amy Myunderse, who is in charge of Bushs care, said. "Mr. Bushs condition never progressed to that level."
Bush was treated with antibiotics and steroids, she said.
McGrath said this is Bushs second extended hospital stay this month. …