Former president George H.W. Bush has been placed in the intensive care unit at Methodist Hospital in Houston following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever, according to family spokesman Jim McGrath, a Bush family, who added that the doctors there “ continue to be cautiously optimistic about the current course of treatment.”
He also stressed that Bush, 88, was alert and able to converse with the staff and visitors.
Bush has been hospitalized in Houston for more than a month with a lingering bronchitis-like cough. He spent Christmas in his hospital room surrounded by several members of his family, including his wife, Barbara and son Neil, Neil’s wife Maria, and their son.
He has also been visited twice by other sons George W. Bush and Jeb, while daughter, Dorothy, is said to be on her way to Houston from Bethesda, MD.
Doctors are running tests and treating the fever with Tylenol, but still have not determined a cause. Doctors have also put the former president on a liquid diet, although McGrath wouldn't say why.