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Bush Sr remains hospitalised for fever

Former US President George H.W. Bush will spend Christmas Day in hospital after a month-long bronchitis-like cough.
Last Modified: 25 Dec 2012 06:25
Doctors are still working to get the right balance in Former President Bush's medications [GALLO/GETTY]

A spokesman for George H.W. Bush has said that the former US president will spend Christmas in a Texas hospital after developing a fever and weakness following a monthlong bronchitis-like cough.

A hospital spokesman had said on Monday that the 88-year-old would be released in time to spend the holiday at home, but that changed after Bush developed a fever.

"He's had a few setbacks. Late last week, he had a few low-energy days followed by a low-grade fever," Jim McGrath, Bush's spokesman, told The AP news agency.

"Doctors still say they are cautiously optimistic, but every time they get over one thing, another thing pops up."

He said the cough that initially brought Bush to the hospital on November 23 is now evident only about once a day, and the fever appears to be under control.

No discharge date has been set.

"Given his current condition, doctors just want to hang on to him,'' McGrath said. He did not know what had caused the fever.

Bush's son, George W. Bush, the 43rd president, has been among the visitors at the hospital.

Being in the hospital for such a long time has not been easy for Bush, who is accustomed to being active, McGrath said. But the former president has said he is determined "not to get grumpy about it".

"He's just the most relentlessly positive person," McGrath said, and "he does enjoy joking with the nurses."

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