President George H.W. Bush stable after weekend in hospital

President George H.W. Bush stable after weekend in hospital

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MEDINAH, IL - SEPTEMBER 29: Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush is seen during day two of the Afternoon Four-Ball Matches for The 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club on September 29, 2012 in Medinah, Illinois. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on December 3, 2012 at 9:48 AM

HOUSTON  -- Former President George H.W. Bush is starting the week in a Houston hospital where he’s spent several days for treatment of a lingering cough related to bronchitis.

George Kovacik with Methodist Hospital says the 88-year-old Bush remains in stable condition at the facility Monday. Aides earlier said the 41st president would likely be discharged over the weekend. Bush has been in and out of the hospital for treatment of the cough.

Bush also suffers from a form of Parkinson’s disease that forces him to use a wheelchair or motorized scooter.

Hospital visitors have included Bush’s son, former President George W. Bush, and his wife, former first lady Laura Bush. They live in Dallas.

The ex-president and his wife, Barbara, split their time between homes in Houston and Kennebunkport, Maine.

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