George H. W. Bush, 90, Hospitalized

George H. W. Bush, 90, Hospitalized
Wed Dec 24, 2014 12:07:58

WASHINGTON: Former US president George H. W. Bush, 90, has been admitted to a Texas hospital suffering shortness of breath, a family spokesman said Tuesday.

"President Bush was taken by ambulance to the Houston Methodist Hospital as a precaution after experiencing a shortness of breath earlier this evening," his spokesman Jim McGrath said.

"The former president, age 90, will be held for observation, again as a precaution."

The 41st US president and the oldest of the four living former US presidents, Bush has seemed frail in recent public appearances, and is often seen in a wheelchair.

He was well enough, however, to celebrate his 90th birthday last June, to make an assisted parachute jump out of a helicopter near his family retreat in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Bush was previously treated at Houston Methodist in November 2012 for bronchitis, and ended up spending nearly two months as a patient there.

The former president's wife, Barbara Bush, nearly one year ago was admitted to the same Houston hospital where he is being treated.

Suffering from pneumonia, the former first lady was released from the hospital in January of this year.

George H. W. Bush was in the White House from 1989 to 1993 and sent US forces into Iraq in the first Gulf war after Saddam Hussein's forces invaded Kuwait.