Saturday 27 May 2017

Ex-President George HW Bush remains in Houston hospital

Former President George HW Bush has returned to hospital. (AP/Eric Gay)
Former President George HW Bush has returned to hospital. (AP/Eric Gay)

Former President George HW Bush is under observation at a Houston hospital after recovering from "a mild case of pneumonia".

Family spokesman Jim McGrath said on Wednesday that the 92-year-old "continues to gain strength ... had a good night's rest, and his spirits are high".

Mr McGrath disclosed Tuesday that the 41st president was brought to Houston Methodist Hospital last Friday for treatment of a persistent cough.

He said doctors diagnosed that as pneumonia but that the illness has been treated and resolved.

Mr McGrath says Mr Bush will not be discharged on Wednesday, but that he is looking forward to going home.

Mr Bush, who served as president from 1989 to 1993, spent 16 days in the hospital for treatment of pneumonia in January.

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