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George H.W. Bush, wife Barbara, recovering from illnesses in hospital

Former president expected to remain in ICU for few days, family spokesman says

George H.W. Bush -- 29 percent (July 1992)
George H.W. Bush -- 29 percent (July 1992) (George Bush Library and Museum)

HOUSTON – A spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, said both are improving and had a good night as they recover from illnesses at Houston Methodist Hospital.

Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath said the 92-year-old former president is likely to remain in intensive care for a few more days, as he's being treated for breathing difficulties from pneumonia. He's been in the Houston hospital now for a week.

McGrath said Saturday that the nation's 41st president is breathing well without mechanical assistance and called his office Friday evening to check in.

Former first lady Barbara Bush entered the hospital Wednesday with bronchitis. McGrath said she could be discharged Sunday.

Their 72-year marriage is the longest of any presidential couple in American history.

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