While doctors in Houston have decided to keep former U.S. President George H.W. Bush in a hospital over the weekend they “have begun discussing dates for his discharge,” his office said Saturday.
Bush, 90, was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital on Tuesday night after experiencing breathing difficulties earlier in the evening and was admitted for observation, according to his spokesman, Jim McGrath.
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“President Bush’s condition has improved to the point that doctors have begun discussing dates for his discharge. He will remain at the Houston Methodist Hospital through the weekend for further observation,” said his spokesman, Jim McGrath.
There has been no word on whether the nation’s 41st president is suffering from any particular ailment, Voice of America reported. McGrath said Wednesday that Bush’s prognosis was positive and that he would remain hospitalized as a precaution.
Bush spent nearly two months for a bronchitis-related cough and other health issues in the same hospital before he was released in January 2013 after treatment.
On Thursday, Bush received a Christmas Day visit from his wife, Barbara, as well as his son Neil and daughter-in-law Maria Bush. He was said to be in “great spirits” despite being hospitalized.
“President Bush’s condition has improved to the point that doctors have begun discussing dates for his discharge. He will remain at the Houston Methodist Hospital through the weekend for further observation,” McGrath said Saturday.
Bush’s most recent public appearance was in November at an event at Texas A&M University that he attended with his son, George W. Bush.
George H.W. Bush served as the nation’s president from 1989 to 1993. He spent the previous eight years as Ronald Reagan’s vice president.
His Son, George W. Bush, served two terms as president starting in 2001. His other son, Jeb Bush, is considering his own White House bid in the 2016 election.