George H. W. Bush, the oldest living president at 92, is suffering from chronic bronchitis after undergoing treatment for pneumonia.
He checked into Houston Methodist Hospital on April 14 because of a persistent cough. The 41st president of the United States was treated for a ‘mild case’ of pneumonia for the second time this year.
Dr Clint Doerr, a pulmonologist, said in a statement Tuesday: ‘While President Bush has recovered from pneumonia, he continues to deal with the effects of chronic bronchitis, which is a condition more prevalent with age.
The doctor said his team will monitor Bush’s breathing and his is expected to be discharged at the end of this week.
‘This means his airway has a constant, low-level inflammation that can aggravate the symptoms of pneumonia.’
‘Once President Bush is home, we will continue aggressive respiratory treatments to help minimize the effects of the chronic bronchitis.’Last week, Bush’s son former President George W. Bush visited him in the hospital.
He tweeted: ‘Big morale boost from a high level delegation. No father has ever been more blessed, or prouder.’
In January, George and Barbara Bush had to skip President Trump’s inauguration when both were hospitalized for pneumonia.
The former president said in a note to Trump: ‘Barbara and I are so sorry we can’t be there for your inauguration on January 20th. My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it likely will put me six feet under. Same for Barbara. So I guess we’re stuck in Texas.’
‘But we will be with you and the country in spirit. I want you to know that I wish you the very best as you begin this incredible journey of leading our great country. If I can ever be of help, please let me know,’ Bush wrote.
The letter was written before he was admitted to hospital with pneumonia.