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George H.W. Bush, skydiver at 85, in hospital at 88 with bronchitis

November 29, 2012|By Joe Serna
  • Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized with bronchitis in Houston for six days, his spokesman said.
Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized with bronchitis… (Tom Pennington / Getty Images )

Former President George H.W. Bush is being treated for bronchitis in Houston’s Methodist Hospital, officials there confirmed Thursday.

Bush, 88, has been in and out of the Texas Medical Center for treatment and is scheduled to be released within the next 72 hours, his representatives said in a statement. The 41st president is listed in stable condition.

The Houston Chronicle reported Bush has been in the hospital for about a week.

The former director of the CIA has been known for his vitality in spite of his advanced age. He celebrated his 75th, 80th, and 85th birthdays by going skydiving and joined President Clinton on a humanitarian trip overseas after the 2004 tsunami and visited New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Bush suffers from vascular Parkinson’s disease and missed his first Republican National Convention in decades earlier this year.

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