President George H.W. Bush hospitalized for shortness of breath

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2014, file photo, former President George H.W. Bush acknowledges the crowd at his presidential library before his son former President George W. Bush discusses his new book "41: A Portrait of My Father" in College Station, Texas. Former President George H.W. Bush has fallen at home Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Kennebunkport, Maine, and broken a bone in his neck. (AP Photo/Texas Tribune, Bob Daemmrich, Pool, File)

HOUSTON, Texas (WDTN) — Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized since Saturday in Houston for shortness of breath.

The Houston Chronicle reports Bush was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital – Texas Medical Center after falling ill.

Bush’s chief of staff, Jean Becker, says Bush will be discharged in the next couple of days. A statement from his office says Bush is responding well to treatments and that doctors are pleased with his progress.

Bush was the 41st President of the United States, serving from 1989 until 1993. He is the country’s oldest living President.

The 92-year-old has a form of Parkinson’s disease and uses a motorized scooter or a wheelchair for mobility, according to NBC News.

He’s had several health problems in the past few years, most recently in 2015, when he fractured a bone in his neck while at the family’s summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Bush was hospitalized in December of 2014 in Houston for nearly a week with shortness of breath. He spent Christmas of 2012 in intensive care for a bronchitis-related cough and other issues. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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