Former US President George H.W. Bush, who has spent nearly a week at a Houston hospital where he is being treated for pneumonia, was breathing on his own after a breathing tube was removed on Friday, a family spokesman said.
Bush, who at 92 is the nation’s oldest living ex-president, watched the inauguration of President Donald Trump from the intensive care unit at Houston Methodist Hospital, spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement. “He was extubated this morning, and is breathing well on his own with minimal supplemental oxygen,” McGrath said.
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Former first lady Barbara Bush, 91, was admitted to the same hospital on Wednesday as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing, McGrath has said.
She is being treated for bronchitis and is expected to remain in the hospital over the weekend as a precaution, he said.
“Mrs. Bush, meanwhile, continues to feel better and is focusing on spending time with her husband,” the spokesman said.