George H.W. Bush hospitalized and in intensive care

Al Bello/Getty ImagesPresident George H.W. Bush arrives for the coin toss prior to Super Bowl 51 on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas.
  • Former President George H.W. Bush, 93, was hospitalized and in intensive care after contracting an infection that spread to his blood.
  • A spokesman said Bush “appears to be recovering.”
  • Worries mounted when Bush’s blood pressure dropped numerous times.

Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Sunday morning after “contracting an infection that spread to his blood,” according to a statement from Bush spokesman Jim McGrath.

“He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering,” McGrath continued. “We will issue additional updates as events warrant.”

Bush, 93, was in a critical condition after an infection that led to sepsis, a source close to Bush told CNN. Concerns grew after Bush’s blood pressure reportedly dropped numerous times.

In 2017, Bush was hospitalized for several weeks due to pneumonia and was temporarily placed on a ventilator.

Bush’s hospitalisation comes nearly a week after his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, died from the lung disease COPD and congestive heart failure. She was 92.

Bush, the 41st president of the United States, served from 1989 to 1993. Prior to becoming president, he served as vice president during the Reagan administration from 1981 to 1989.

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