Huge Health Update for Former President H.W. Bush After Serious Medical Scare

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April 23, 2018Apr 23, 2018

UPDATE AT 2:47 P.M. EASTERN — Former President George H.W. Bush has been moved out of intensive care and is progressing well. He is expected to stay in a regular patient room for several days as he recovers.

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Reports flooded in Monday evening that former President George H.W. Bush had had a medical emergency shortly after the funeral for his wife, First Lady Barbara Bush. 

According to the Washington Examiner, 93-year-old Bush was hospitalized the day after the Saturday service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas.

"President Bush was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital yesterday morning after contracting an infection that spread to his blood," wrote Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath on Monday. "He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering. We will issue additional updates as events warrant."

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On Tuesday, McGrath gave more details, saying the former president was still in intensive care, CNN reported, adding that the infection in his blood led to sepsis. He is now alert and talking.

When he was admitted to the hospital on Sunday, Bush was in critical condition with his blood pressure repeatedly dropping, leading physicians to wonder if he was going to survive the night, a source close to the family reported to CNN.

The former president has been stabilized for now but has endured numerous health issues in recent years. According to Fox News, he was hospitalized twice for pneumonia last year. 

President Trump said on Tuesday that he was praying for a "speedy recovery" for Bush, and Melania added that she is "sending healing thoughts of strength, along with prayers."

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Bush was by his wife's side when she passed away last Tuesday from unspecified health problems. He held the hand of his "beloved Barbara" throughout the day.

Please pray for the former president and his loved ones as they continue to go through these difficult times. In other news, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders turned heads with what she wore to the State Dinner Tuesday night.

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