Just one day after the funeral for former first lady, Barbara Bush, her devoted husband, former President George H.W. Bush was taken to intensive care, according to CNN.
Bush, 93, was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital Sunday morning after contracting an infection that spread to his blood, family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement Monday.
“He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering. We will issue additional updates as events warrant,” said McGrath.
According to a source close to the Bush family, the former president was admitted to the hospital with an infection that led to sepsis. This can be life-threatening, and Bush was in critical condition.
The sources commented that the former president’s blood pressure kept dropping and there was serious concern whether he would pull through. He has since been stabilized. But because of his age and health, he is still in very serious condition, according to the source.
Bush suffers from a form of Parkinson’s disease which has left him unable to walk, so his moves around in a wheelchair or a scooter.
This is certainly upsetting to his family who just lost Barbara, Bush’s wife of 73 years last Tuesday. They have been worried about how Bush would deal with her death and such an emotional week.
“Right after a big loss — certainly like he has had — there is some data that shows that some people can develop problems with immunity and become more susceptible to infections,” CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta said. “Infections they otherwise would have been able to fight become more serious.”
The day after his wife’s death, the former President had this to say about Barbara in a statement:
“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, using her nickname. “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.”