George Bush senior spends Christmas in hospital
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Former United States president George H.W. Bush celebrated Christmas in a Texas hospital with his family Tuesday after a series of health setbacks that have delayed his release, his spokesman said.
The 88-year-old was first admitted to Methodist Hospital in Houston on Nov 7 for bronchitis treatment and released on Nov 19. But he was readmitted on Nov 23 after his cough flared up again.
"President Bush has had a series of setbacks which, combined with his age, have complicated the timeline for his release," spokesman Jim McGrath told AFP.
"His doctors are cautiously optimistic they have his current issues under control, and the president is spending Christmas with Mrs Bush along with his son Neil and grandson Pierce."