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Barbara Bush hospitalized: Early signs of pneumonia appear in former First Lady

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Barbara Bush was hospitalized Monday night following early signs of pneumonia. President George H.W. Bush's office announced Tuesday night that his wife is being treated for a "respiratory related issue," her husband's office said Tuesday night.

USA Today reports Jan. 1 that the 88-year-old former First Lady is in stable condition at Methodist Hospital in Houston.

Jim McGrath, a spokesman for President Bush, said her condition did not change overnight. He added that there was "nothing new to report" on Wednesday.

A day after Barbara Bush was hospitalized, this statement was issued:

"She is in great spirits, has already received visits from her husband and family, and is receiving fantastic care. Updates will be issued when warranted."

Bush was the nation's first lady from 1989 to 1993. She is the mother of former president George W. Bush mother and former Florida governor Jeb Bush.

Barbara Bush was a symbol of wisdom and strength while in the White House and has remained so since her husband's one term in office.

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