WASHINGTON — The elder President George Bush was taken to a Houston hospital Tuesday night after experiencing shortness of breath, a family spokesman said.
Mr. Bush, 90, would be held at least overnight at Houston Methodist Hospital as a precaution, said the spokesman, Jim McGrath. He is expected to be fine, Mr. McGrath said.
The former president spent nearly two months at Houston Methodist — including a week in the intensive care unit — in late 2012 and early 2013 while suffering from a bronchitis-related cough and fever.
Mr. Bush, the oldest living former president (he is about four months older than Jimmy Carter), has a form of Parkinson’s disease and often uses a wheelchair or scooter. He and his wife, Barbara, frequently make public appearances in Houston, and Mr. Bush went sky diving on his 90th birthday in June.
Last month, he traveled to his presidential library at Texas A&M University, where his oldest son, former President George W. Bush, unveiled the book dedicated to the elder Mr. Bush, “41: A Portrait of My Father.” Two weeks later, the elder Mr. Bush participated in the coin toss at the Houston Texans game against the Cincinnati Bengals. During the game, he and Mrs. Bush were caught by the stadium’s “kiss cam.”
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