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Spokesman: Former President George H.W. Bush in intensive care

7:28 PM, Dec 26, 2012   |    comments
Film Subject President George H.W. Bush celebrates his 88th birthday following the HBO Documentary special screening of '41' on June 12, 2012 in Kennebunkport, Maine. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HBO)
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RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI
Associated Press
    
HOUSTON (AP) -- A spokesman says former President George H.W. Bush is in the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital.
    
Bush's spokesman, Jim McGrath, said late Wednesday that the former president was admitted to the ICU on Sunday at Methodist Hospital, "following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever."
    
McGrath says Bush is alert and conversing with medical staff, and that doctors are cautiously optimistic about his treatment.
    
No other details about his medical condition were provided, but McGrath says Bush is surrounded by family.
    
Earlier Wednesday, McGrath said a fever that kept Bush in the hospital over Christmas had gotten worse and that doctors had put him on a liquids-only diet.
    
A bronchitis-like cough initially brought Bush to the hospital in late November. McGrath says the cough has improved.

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12/26/2012 6:52:54 PM (GMT -5:00)

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