George HW Bush in hospital with blood infection

Cheryl Sanders
April 25, 2018

Former President George H.W. Bush is recovering at a Texas hospital after contracting an infection that spread to his blood, his spokesman said in a statement he posted on Twitter late Monday.

Tuesday a family spokesperson says the President has since stabilized and is awake, alert and talking.

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- Photos that a family spokesman tweeted capture special moments from former first lady Barbara Bush's funeral.

Barbara Bush had congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the years before her death. The 41st president greeted and shook hands with numerous attendees at the invitation-only funeral attended by four former presidents, including himself and his son George W. Bush.

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George H.W. Bush had used a wheelchair and an electric scooter for mobility since developing a form of Parkinson's disease, and he has needed hospital treatment several times in recent years for respiratory problems and other infections. The two were married 73 years, longer than any other US presidential couple.

In February 2011, Obama awarded Bush the highest USA civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom.

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After retiring from public life, Bush joined Clinton to raise funds for victims of the 2004 Asian tsunami and the 2010 Haiti natural disaster.

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