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Former President George H.W. Bush In Hospital, Prognosis Called 'Positive'

The former president, age 90, experienced shortness of breath and will be held for observation as a precaution, his office said.

President George H.W. Bush was taken by ambulance to the Houston Methodist Hospital "as a precaution" after experiencing "shortness of breath" Tuesday, said a statement from his office.

"President Bush had a good day and his prognosis remains positive. He will remain at the Houston Methodist Hospital tonight as a precaution," Bush's office said in a statement Wednesday. His office previously said that Bush, 90, would be held for observation.

A long-time Texas resident, the 41st president of the United States was born in Milton, Mass., on June 12, 1924, and grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut. This June, he skydived to celebrate the birthday milestone.

A White House spokesman said, "The President has been made aware that President Bush was admitted to the hospital. President Obama and the First Lady send their good wishes to the former President and the entire Bush family during this holiday season."

Bush spent nearly two months at Houston Methodist in January 2013 for a bronchitis-related cough and other health issues.

Bush, who can no longer use his legs, most recently appeared seated in a wheelchair at an event in November at Texas A&M University with his son, former President George W. Bush.



— Hasani Gittens