Former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized according to a statement from his spokesman Monday, just one day after the funeral of his wife Barbara Bush.
Here’s the statement from the president’s spokesperson
“President Bush was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital yesterday morning after contracting an infection that spread to his blood,” the statement said.
“He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering,” the statement continued. “We will issue additional updates as events warrant.”
CNN’s special correspondent Jamie Gangel offered more details about the health of the former president.
“We have been told that unfortunately,” she told Wolf Blitzer, “Sunday morning, yesterday, he was admitted to Houston Methodist hospital and that he is in intensive care. We expect more details to come out soon. We’ve been told that he was suffering from an infection that led to sepsis, which can be life threatening, that he was admitted to the ICU at Houston Methodists yesterday, and that unfortunately, he has been struggling.”
“This is very very serious”
“We were told that he was in very serious condition,” she continued, “I assume if he’s in the ICU that it was critical condition. We were told that his blood pressure kept dropping and that a couple of times there was serious, serious concern about whether he was going to pull through.”
“I’m told he’s still being treated, is in the ICU, that he has been stabilized, but we’re really waiting for an official report,” she added. “Obviously wolf, at his age, and his health concerns, he suffers from Parkinson’s [disease], with his infection, with the sepsis, this is very very serious.”
“And of course all the more upsetting for his family, his friends, his staff because it follows so closely the death of his wife and the burial on Saturday,” Gangel reported.
Here’s the report from CNN:
Bush, who served one term as president of the United States, presided during the time that the Soviet Union collapsed, and negotiated the reunification of Germany. Despite these historical victories, he could not defeat the Democratic challenger, Bill Clinton, in 1992 for a second term.
Bush is 93 years old.