George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Houston

Former President George H.W. Bush was recently admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital after falling ill with an undisclosed illness.

“He’s there. He’s fine and he’s doing really well,” Bush’s chief of staff, Jean Becker, said.

She said the doctors have a couple of theories about Bush’s condition, but he is responding to treatment.

Bush, who lives in Houston, is expected to be discharged in the next couple of days. Bush, 92, served as president from 1989 to 1993.

As is the case with most people his age, former President Bush has had his share of health issues in recent years.

In July 2015, he was taken to a hospital in Portland, Maine, after he fractured a bone in his neck in a fall at the family’s summer home in Kennebunkport. He was “up and talking and out of bed” within a day after the fall.

The fall happened about six months after he was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist for what his spokesman called “shortness of breath.” He was released from the hospital about a week later.

In late 2012, Bush was admitted to the hospital for a bronchitis-related cough. He was later released but returned the day after Thanksgiving because of a persistent cough. Bush was later admitted to intensive care and spent nearly two months at the hospital until his release in mid-January 2013.