Fmr. President Bush hospitalized after wife's funeral

41st president hospitalized after suffering from blood infection, shortly after attending his wife's funeral.

David Rosenberg,

(r)George W. Bush (l) and George H.W. Bush at Barbara Bush's funeral
(r)George W. Bush (l) and George H.W. Bush at Barbara Bush's funeral

Former President George Herbert Walker Bush was hospitalized hours after his wife’s funeral this weekend after he developed a blood infection, a spokesman said.

On Monday, Jim McGrath, a spokesman for the 41st President of the United States, tweeted that Bush had been taken to Houston Methodist Hospital Sunday morning to treat an infection which had spread to his blood. The hospitalization came less than 24 hours after Bush attended the funeral of former First Lady Barbara Bush.

The 93-year-old former president was joined at the former First Lady’s funeral by his son, former President George W. Bush, as well as former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and Melania Trump.

“President Bush was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital yesterday morning after contracting an infection that spread to his blood,” McGrath wrote on Monday. “He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering.”

President Bush was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and has been wheelchair-bound since 2012.

Parkinson’s has left the former president at higher risk for infection, and was hospitalized for two weeks after being diagnosed with pneumonia in 2017