George H.W. Bush AND Barbara Bush Hospitalized — Former President in Intensive Care

Whether you like them or not, the couple needs thoughts and prayers. Let’s hope they will get better soon.

Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, former First Lady Barbara Bush, have both been hospitalized, his spokesman said Wednesday.

President Bush, 92, was admitted to intensive care at Houston Methodist Hospital to address “an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia. Doctors performed a procedure to protect and clear his airway that required sedation,” his spokesman, Jim McGrath, said in a statement.

Barbara Bush also was admitted to the hospital Wednesday morning as a precaution after “experiencing fatigue and coughing,” McGrath said in the same statement.

President Bush was first hospitalized over the weekend suffering from shortness of breath and a cough and was treated with IV antibiotics.

At first, McGrath reported that he was responding well to the drugs. But Wednesday, the 41st President’s condition changed and he was admitted to the intensive care unit, sedated and intubated.

“It’s definitely very concerning,” said Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, who noted that it is the first time President Bush has been intubated to protect his airway. “Certainly when someone is sedated, they’re having trouble breathing on their own.”

Bush sent a letter to the President-elect on January 10, apologizing for missing the ceremony and saying that he and Barbara “wish you the very best as you begin this incredible journey of leading our great country.”

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