Former President George H.W. Bush and wife Barbara attend the coin toss at Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston on February 5. Both were hospitalized a couple weeks earlier with pneumonia and viral bronchitis. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo
April 18 (UPI) -- Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized again in Houston for what was termed a mild case of pneumonia, a spokesman said Tuesday.
The 41st president was admitted on Friday to Houston Methodist Hospital and began treatment for the illness, according to family spokesman Jim McGrath.
"President Bush is in very good spirits and is being held for further observation while he regains his strength," he said in a statement.
McGrath said Bush was hospitalized due to "a persistent cough that prevented him from getting proper rest" and that his condition was "resolved."
Bush, 92, the oldest living former U.S. president, has been hospitalized several times in recent years for a variety of problems. In January, he spent two weeks in the hospital -- including time in intensive care -- with pneumonia. His wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, 90, was hospitalized at the same time with viral bronchitis.
Bush, the father of former President George W. Bush, was not able to attend President Donald Trump's inauguration due to the illness.
The former president has vascular parkinsonism, a symptom complex that shares similar ailments with Parkinson's Disease.
In 2015, Bush was hospitalized after sustaining a severe neck injury at his Houston area home.
Bush served in the White House from 1981 to 1993 -- first as Ronald Reagan's vice president, and then for a single term as president. He was a House representative from Texas (1967-1971), the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (1971-1973) under Richard Nixon, and a liaison to China (1974-75) and director of the CIA (1976-77) in Gerald Ford's administration before he became Reagan's vice president.