Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush has tragically been admitted to hospital only a short time after attending his wife’s funeral. A spokesperson for the family confirmed the American icon has a serious infection, but gave few details about the source or cause, revealing only that the infection spread to the blood, causing septicemia.
• The 93-year-old prior POTUS, who has struggled with his health for some time, was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital early Sunday morning.
• Bush’s office released a statement about his condition on Monday at around 7 p.m. EST, outlining his condition. “President Bush was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital yesterday morning after contracting an infection that spread to his blood. He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering. We will issue additional updates as events warrant.”
• Bush has been under immense pressure over the past seven days in the wake of his wife’s death. George Bush Sr. and Barbara Bush, both iconic faces in American culture even today, were married for a remarkable 73 years.
• The couple’s marriage was personally remarkable, but also a milestone in American history. Their marriage is the longest and most steadfast in the history of United States’ presidents. George is also the longest-lived former President in history, surpassing even General Ford, who lived to be just over 93.