Former US president George HW Bush in intensive care less than 24 hours after laying wife Barbara to rest

Former US president George HW Bush in intensive care less than 24 hours after laying wife Barbara to rest
George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush (Source: Getty Images)

Less than 24 hours after burying his beloved wife Barbara Bush, former president George HW Bush was hospitalized on Sunday (April 22)  morning and remains in intensive care. His spokesperson, Jim McGrath released a statement which said that the former president was rushed to the hospital after he contracted an infection which gradually spread to his blood. 

Geroge Bush hospitalized less than a day after he laid Barbara to rest (Photo by Mark Burns - Pool/Office of George H.W. Bush via Getty Images)

"President Bush was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital the morning after contracting an infection that spread to his blood. He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering. We will issue additional updates as events warrant," the statement read. George was admitted to the hospital on Sunday morning with an infection and further diagnosis revealed that the infection had led to sepsis — which can be life-threatening. 

A source told CNN that George was in critical condition when he was admitted to the hospital. The source further disclosed that George's blood pressure kept dropping and there were times when it raised serious concern about whether he would be able to get through or not. However, his blood pressure has now been stabilized. 


His family was worried how he will take the news about her death (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

But with George's age and health, the source adds that the infection can be very serious. Several years ago George had opened up about being diagnosed with Parkinson's, which made walking for him difficult. There is no doubt that his hospitalization is very upsetting especially because of his beloved wife, Barbara's death. 


The source revealed that the family was worried how George would handle the death of his wife and were scared it would take a toll on his health. Just a day after the news about the death of former first lady was announced, George came forward with his statement and paid tribute to his wife by adding how much she had been loved throughout her life. 

"I always knew Barbara was the most beloved woman in the world, and in fact, I used to tease her that I had a complex relationship about that fact. But the truth is the outpouring of love and friendship being directed at The Enforcer is lifting us all up," he said. "We have faith she is in heaven, and we know that life will go on — as she would have it. So cross the Bushes off your worry list."

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