UPDATE: CNN reported that Bush 41 has been sedated and that a breathing tube has been inserted in his trachea to relieve his breathing.
 
Aides to former President George H.W. Bush emitted a statement stating that he was hospitalized during the early hours today. Bush is reportedly stabilized at an intensive care unit. Former First Lady Barbara Bush has also been hospitalized, but as a precautionary measure. Bush is 92 years old.
 
Here follows the official statement:
 
Shortly after our previous report on President Bush’s condition, he was admitted to the ICU at Houston Methodist Hospital to address an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia. Doctors performed a procedure to protect and clear his airway that required sedation. President Bush is stable and resting comfortably in the ICU, where he will remain for observation. Additionally, Mrs. Bush was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital this morning as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing. We will provide additional updates as events warrant.
A January 10 letter from the 41st President of the United States to President-elect Donald Trump gained additional relevance as a result of the announcement. The letter offered Bush's apologies for having to sit out the coming Inauguration. Bush wrote that his physicians advised him that if he were to be exposed to the January cold of Washington, it would likely put him "six feet under." 


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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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