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An Update on George H. W. Bush’s Health After His Recent Hospitalization

The Bush family experienced another health scare recently, but things seem to be looking up as of Thursday. Just one day after the funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush, her husband, former president George H. W. Bush, was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital. Bush reportedly had contracted an infection that spread to his blood, and he was placed in the ICU for treatment. To say that the last few weeks have been harrowing for Bush and his family is putting it mildly.

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According to Us Weekly, the former president has since improved in his condition and is in relatively good spirits. On Wednesday, a spokesman for the Bush family tweeted that he has been moved into a regular patient room, where he is “expected to continue his recovery… for several more days.”

According to the statement, Bush is “alert and talking to hospital staff” and “is more focused on the Houston Rockets closing out their playoff series against the Minnesota Timberwolves” than on his health. It’s good to see Bush has a little pep in his step, so to speak. Better still, it sounds like he’s feeling himself again, like that time he went parachuting for his 90th birthday. Despite several hospitalizations in recent years for issues with shortness of breath, he’s still fighting.

That’s a good thing for him and for his family, especially after the death of their matriarch. In mourning her loss, the Bush family has rallied together to celebrate her her legacy. The day before his current hospital stay, Bush attended his wife’s funeral wearing a pair of socks decorated with little books, which surely had to be a nod to Barbara Bush’s tireless work promoting literacy through the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

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On April 18, Bush released a statement on the death of his late wife, which read, “I always knew Barbara was the most beloved woman in the world, and in fact I used to tease her that I had a complex about that fact. But the truth is the outpouring of love and friendship being directed at The Enforcer is lifting us all up. We have faith she is in heaven, and we know life will go on — as she would have it. So cross the Bushes off your worry list.”

The Bushes were married for 73 years — the longest presidential marriage in history. They had six children together including one president, George W. Bush, and one presidential hopeful, Jeb Bush.

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