Former President George H.W. Bush recovering from mild case of pneumonia


SENATE. IT NOW GOES TO THE HOUSE FOR A VOTE.>>>TONIGHT FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH REMAINS AT HOUSTON’S METHODIST HOSPITAL. THE PRESIDENT’S SPOKESPERSON TELLS US THE PRESIDENT WAS ADMITTED FRIDAY AS A PRECAUTION AFTER A PERSISTENT COUGH WHICH TURNED OUT TO BE A MILD CASE OF PNEUMONIA. CHANNEL 2’S JENNIFER BAUER JOINING US LIVE NOW AT THE TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER WITH THE LATEST ON THE PRESIDENT’S CONDITION AND WHAT ONE DOCTOR IS SAYING ABOUT HOW PNEUMONIA AFFECTS THE ELDERLY. JEN?>>Reporter: WELL, THANKFULLY THIS IS A MILD CASE OF PNEUMONIA. AND WE ARE TOLD THE FORMER PRESIDENT IS ALREADY ON THE MEND. THE LAST TIME WE GOT A GLIMPSE OF PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH WAS AT THE SHELL HOUSTON OPEN, JUST A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO. THE 92-YEAR-OLD LOOKED HAPPY AND HEALTHY. WE’VE LEARNED THE FORMER PRESIDENT WAS EXPERIENCING A PERSISTENT COUGH AND ON FRIDAY DOCTORS ADMITTED HIM TO HOUSTON METHODIST HOSPITAL WHERE HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A MILD CASE OF PNEUMONIA.>>IT CAN BE VERY, VERY SIGNIFICANT FOR SOMEONE WHO’S 92 YEARS OLD.>>Reporter: DR. CARLOS PUIG WORKS AT SAINT MICHAEL’S EMERGENCY ROOM IN SUGAR LAND. HE DIDN’T TREATING PRESIDENT BUSH BUT HE IS FAMILIAR WITH PNEUMONIA AND ITS EFFECTS ON THE ELDERLY.>>ARE VERY SUSCEPTIBLE TO PROBLEMS, TO COMPLICATIONS, AND DEATH. IT’S THE SIXTH LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE UNIT STATES.>>Reporter: PRESIDENT BUSH WAS HOSPITALIZED BACK IN JANUARY FOR THE SAME THING. HE IS NOW REPORTEDLY DOING WELL AND IN GOOD SPIRITS. AND WE ARE TOLD PRESIDENT BUSH WHETHER REMAIN HOSPITALIZED SO DOCTORS CAN CONTINUE TO MONITOR HIS HEALTH. AND SO HE CAN REGAIN HIS STRENGTH. WE’RE LIVE TONIGHT AT THE

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