George H.W. Bush Hospitalized: Ex-President Seeking Treatment For Bronchitis Complications

By Amir Khan on November 29, 2012 2:38 PM EST

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George H.W. Bush was hospitalized due to complications from bronchitis (Photo: Reuters)

Former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized on Thursday for treatment of a lingering cough. George H.W. Bush was hospitalized In a Huston hospital, and has been in and out of hospitals recently as he seeks treatment for bronchitis complications.

George H.W. Bush was hospitalized on Methodist Hospital, and the hospital describes him in stable condition and expects to release him within 72 hours.

"We have kept this quiet out of respect for him," Bush chief of staff Jean Becker told the Houston Chronicle.

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Jean Becker, Bush's chief of staff in Houston, said George H.W. Bush's condition isn't life-threatening, but doctors were concerned his condition could develop into pneumonia, according to the Denver Post.

"Anytime someone the president's age has bronchitis, there's concern about possible pneumonia," Amy Myunderse, the physician in charge of his care, said, according to USA Today. "But Mr. Bush's condition never progressed to that level."

George H.W. Bush hospitalization is just due to the hospital being "extra cautious," Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath said, according to Reuters.

"They were able to successfully treat that piece of it, but he still has a lingering cough and that and the fact that's he's 88 - they're just being extra cautious and holding him until the cough gets better," McGrath said on Thursday.

George H.W. Bush was recently seen at a Houston Texans game, which he said he attends frequently. The former president also suffers from a form of Parkinson's disease, which forces him to use a wheelchair or motorized scooter to get around.

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