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George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Houston with blood infection one day after Barbara Bush's funeral

George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Houston after Barbara Bush's funeral

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The former president is reportedly alert and talking. Courtesy image

UPDATE: As of April 25, former President Bush has been moved from ICU to a regular room. According to his spokesperson, Bush is "alert and talking with hospital staff, family, and friends, and his doctors are very pleased with his progress."

In addition to being thankful for the prayers and good wishes, Bush is said to be focusing his attention on the Houston Rockets closing out their playoff series against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized for an infection just a day after the burial of his wife, Barbara.

A statement released April 23 from Bush's office stated the former sitting president was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on the morning of April 22 "after contracting an infection that spread to his blood."

His office added Bush has been "responding to treatments and appears to be recovering."

The 93-year-old Bush was present for the April 20 public viewing of his wife, Barbara, at St. Martin's Episcopal Church. Barbara Bush passed away last Tuesday, April 17, at 92.

The following is the statement in full, released April 23 by Bush chief of staff, Jim McGrath:

"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."

Later, McGrath added that the former president has a goal to work toward:

"The 41st President wants to go to Maine this summer. He's the most goal oriented person on the planet and I would not bet against him."

George H.W. Bush has faced varying medical issues in recent years, requiring stays of multiple days in the hospital. His recent stay was in April 2017 when he spent two weeks for pneumonia and chronic bronchitis.

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