George H.W. Bush moved to ICU

Dec. 26, 2012 at 7:22 PM
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HOUSTON, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush has been placed in intensive care at Methodist Hospital in Houston, where he is being treated for a persistent fever.

Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath said Bush, 88, was moved to the intensive care unit Sunday and has been kept on a liquids-only diet, the Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday.

Doctors are treating the fever with acetaminophen and remained unable to determine the cause, but McGrath said the former president is upbeat, the newspaper reported.

"All the kids are making their own plans to come back to Houston to visit him and help him rally -- rally to recovery," McGrath said.

Bush's daughter Dorothy visited him Wednesday, and his sons former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are expected to visit soon, the report said.

The 41st president was initially hospitalized Nov. 23 for a persistent cough due to bronchitis. He was kept in the hospital after taking a turn for the worse, but doctors said in early December his condition was not life-threatening.

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