George H.W. Bush is hospitalized in Houston. Photo by Getty Images.
HOUSTON, Texas (USA Today) - Former president George H.W. Bush has been in a Houston hospital for a week with a persistent cough, though aides said it is not life-threatening and that he is expected to be released in the next few days.
Bush, who served as president from 1989 to 1993, has been in and out of Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center for the last few weeks, his office said in a statement. He is being treated for complications from bronchitis.
Bush, 88, is in stable condition, his office said.
"We have kept this quiet out of respect for him," Bush chief of staff Jean Becker told the Houston Chronicle. Becker said there were some earlier concerns that the cough would turn into pneumonia, but it has not.
Amy Myunderse, the physician in charge of his care, told the Chronicle that Bush's condition was never considered life-threatening. "Anytime someone the president's age has bronchitis, there's concern about possible pneumonia," Myunderse said. "But Mr. Bush's condition never progressed to that level."
Bush suffers a form of Parkinson's disease that has forced him to use a wheelchair or motorized scooter.
Bush, a Republican, was the 41st president. He led the nation during the first Gulf War against Iraq and Saddam Hussein. The Berlin Wall also fell and the Soviet Union dissolved under his watch.
Bush lives in Houston with his wife, Barbara. He is the father of George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, who visted him at the hospital, and Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida.
By John Bacon, USA Today