FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2017, file photo, former President George H.W. Bush arrives on the field for a coin toss before the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots in Houston. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston since last Friday, Aprul 14, 2017, with a recurrence of a case of pneumonia he had earlier in the year. Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement Tuesday, April 18, 2017, doctors determined he had a mild case of pneumonia which has been treated and resolved. McGrath said the former president 'is in very good spirits and is being held for further observation while he regains his strength.' (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
Doctors expect to keep former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized and under observation in Houston as they continue to monitor his cough, more than a week after he was admitted with a mild case of pneumonia.
Bush was taken to Houston Methodist Hospital on April 14 with a persistent cough, spokesman James McGrath said. Doctors determined that the 41st president had pneumonia and successfully treated him.
Dr. Clint Doerr, a pulmonologist at Houston Methodist Hospital, said on Tuesday that despite Bush’s recovery, he continues to deal with chronic bronchitis, “a condition more prevalent with age.”
“This means his airway has a constant, low-level of inflammation that can aggravate the symptoms of pneumonia,” Doerr said. “We continue to monitor his cough and breathing, and expect to discharge him by the end of the week.”
McGrath said in a statement Monday that Bush “continues to be in good spirits.”
McGrath said last week that Bush “continues to gain strength.”
“Mr. Bush had a good night’s rest and his spirits are high,” McGrath said. “Although he will not be discharged today, he is already looking forward to going home to Mrs. Bush, who has been constantly by his side.”
The hospitalization is the second this year for Bush. He was hospitalized for two weeks in January with a case of bacterial pneumonia. His wife, Barbara Bush, was also briefly hospitalized with viral bronchitis.