George H. W. Bush Hospitalized: Former President Won’t Be Home For Christmas

By Amir Khan on December 24, 2012 11:31 AM EST

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President George H.W. Bush remains hospitalized (Photo: Reuters)

Former President George H.W. Bush is still hospitalized, and he may not make it home for Christmas. The former president remains in stable condition in Houston Methodist Hospital, where he has been for the last month, due to complications from pneumonia.

The hospital said there is no date for George H.W. Bush's release, as he is still suffering from bronchial and other respiratory problems.

"President Bush remains in stable condition in the hospital," spokesman George Kovacik said, according to the Detroit Free Press. "His doctors feel he should build up his energy before going home."

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President George H.W. Bush, 88, has been in the hospital since November 23. 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, which is why he was admitted to the hospital, 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."

Although President George H.W. Bush remains hospitalized, Kovacik said he is in no danger.

"They remain optimistic about his full recovery and are being extra cautious with his care," Kovacik said. "No discharge date has been set at this time."

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