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Cough sends George H.W. Bush to hospital

HOUSTON - Former President George H.W. Bush was in a Houston hospital Thursday for treatment of a lingering cough.

Bush, 88, has been in and out of the hospital recently for complications resulting from bronchitis, Methodist Hospital said in a brief statement. Jean Becker, Bush's chief of staff in Houston, told the Houston Chronicle his most recent stay began Friday.

The hospital described Bush as in stable condition and said it expected to release him within 72 hours.

Becker told the newspaper that the former president's illness wasn't life-threatening, but there had been concerns early on that it could develop into pneumonia.

The former president suffers a form of Parkinson's disease that has forced him to use a wheelchair or motorized scooter to get around.


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