Former President George H.W. Bush and Wife Barbara Hospitalized in Houston

Former chief executive is “stable and resting comfortably in the ICU,” spokesman says

Last Updated: January 18, 2017 @ 12:14 PM

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush was admitted to the intensive care unit at Houston Methodist Hospital on Wednesday to be treated for an “acute respiratory problem,” Bush’s spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement via Twitter.

Bush’s wife, Barbara, was also admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital on Wednesday, “as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing,” McGrath added.

According to McGrath, the 41st President of the United States and father of former President George W. Bush, underwent “a procedure to protect and clear his airway that required sedation.”

Bush, 92, is currently “stable and resting comfortably in the ICU, where he will remain for observation,” McGrath added.

McGrath’s statement Wednesday came shortly after reports that Bush was hospitalized over the weekend for shortness of breath.

Bush did not plan to attend this week’s inauguration to president-elect Trump. In a letter to Trump, Bush informed the president-to-be, “My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it will likely put me six feet under,” McGrath confirmed Wednesday.