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President George H.W. Bush hospitalized day after laying to rest wife Barbara

Posted: 5:57 PM, Apr 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-23 23:13:33Z
President George H.W. Bush hospitalized
President George H.W. Bush hospitalized

President George H.W. Bush, 93, was hospitalized Sunday morning, less than one day after his wife's Barbara memorial service, a Bush family spokesperson said on Monday. 

"President Bush was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital yesterday morning after contracting an infection that spread to his blood," Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said. "He is responding well to treatments and appears to be recovering." 

Bush's wife of 73 years Barbara Bush died last Tuesday after a period of failing health from COPD and heart disease. President Bush was present on Saturday at his wife's memorial service, which was attended by former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. 

Bush has had several recent spells of poor health. In April 2017, Bush had an extended hospital stay after suffering from pneumonia. Earlier in 2017, Bush was unable to attend President Donald Trump's inauguration due to treatment for a blockage from his lungs. 

Bush also has a mild form of Parkinson's Disease, which has kept him in a wheelchair since 2012. 

Bush is the oldest former President ever at age 93 years and 315 days, which is 111 days older than Jimmy Carter, and 150 days older than when Gerald Ford died in 2006.