Ex-president George W Bush stable

2012-12-02 09:35

Houston - Former US President George H W  Bush remains in stable condition at a Houston hospital, but a lingering cough related to bronchitis likely will keep him there through the weekend.

Methodist Hospital spokesperson George Kovacik said on Saturday there is no change in the status of the 88-year-old Bush from earlier in the week. But Jim McGrath, a spokesperson for the 41st president, said "he still has the cough and we're now not expecting him to be discharged this weekend."

McGrath said doctors are "going to play it safe there for obvious reasons."

Aides had expected Bush's discharge soon, but McGrath said "the cough has taken longer to clear up" than anticipated.

Bush has been in and out of the hospital recently for complications resulting from bronchitis. He has been treated with antibiotics and steroids, and this marks Bush's second extended hospital stay since November.

Hospital visitors have included Bush's son, former President George W Bush, and his wife Laura, who live in Dallas.

The former president has a form of Parkinson's disease that has forced him to use a wheelchair or motorised scooter to get around. Bush was seen a few weeks ago attending a Houston Texans National Football League game, something he does frequently.

The elder Bush was vice-president under Ronald Reagan from 1980 to 1988, when he was elected president. He lost his re-election bid to Bill Clinton four years later.

Bush and his wife, Barbara, now make their winter home in Houston and spend summers in Kennebunkport, Maine.

The former president was a naval aviator in World War II - at one point the youngest in the Navy - and was shot down over the Pacific. He achieved notoriety in retirement for skydiving on at least three of his birthdays since leaving the White House in 1992.

  • Bob.Cee123 - 2012-12-02 09:55

    Deliberately misleading title, or just poor journalism?

  • derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-12-02 10:05

    They must have tightened some screws, he's been unstable his whole life!!

      george.pito - 2012-12-02 13:23

      And Derek got the right name. You dont even understand the priinciple of stability. Go an do something worthwhile

  • John - 2012-12-02 10:39

    He will have to go without Barbara's Bush till he gets home then

  • - 2012-12-02 10:56

    Who gives a damn?

      mawandewonderman.mkuba - 2012-12-02 15:58

      Not me

  • Noel Skhona Nkomo - 2012-12-02 11:46

    President George H w Bush the father and George w Bush i get confused

  • thunder.clap.359 - 2012-12-02 12:42

    I googled what a lingering cough is coz l didn't is a cough that involes forceful release of air from the lungs that can be heard,lasting a minimum of eight weeks.

      mawandewonderman.mkuba - 2012-12-03 07:26

      I repeat again, he's paying back for all the bombs he coughed. Cruel monster Bush.

  • dixieluvscats - 2012-12-02 21:04

    Get Well Soon Sir, Hope you get to feeling better! Will be praying for you! The Womble's

  • mawandewonderman.mkuba - 2012-12-03 07:21

    I repeat, when is he dying? Following all the innocent people the US force killed during his reign. Lucifar his friend is waiting for him.

  • jacyjays.letsoalo - 2012-12-03 07:47

    Poor Journalism, we all know that Number 41 was known as George Bush and Number 43 was known as George W Bush! So what he is 88, he engaged in the Gulf War and his son propelled a war that is still raging...sorry just report abt Nkandla

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