George HW Bush Hospitalized

He experienced shortness of breath, spokesman says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 23, 2014 10:05 PM CST
Updated Dec 24, 2014 1:30 AM CST
George HW Bush Hospitalized
George HW Bush acknowledges the crowd at his presidential library before George W. Bush discusses his new book "41: A Portrait of My Father" last month.   (AP Photo/Texas Tribune, Bob Daemmrich, Pool)

Former President George HW Bush has been hospitalized after experiencing shortness of breath. He was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital last night as a precaution and the 90-year-old "will be held for observation, again as a precaution," a spokesman says. Bush spent nearly two months in the same hospital and was discharged in January 2013 after treatment for a bronchitis-related cough and other health issues. Bush, who can no longer use his legs, most recently appeared seated in a wheelchair at an event last month at Texas A&M University with his son, former President George W. Bush. In June, the elder Bush celebrated his 90th birthday by making a tandem parachute jump. (Read more George HW Bush stories.)

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