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George H.W. Bush In Intensive Care

REUTERS, CNN

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HOUSTON - Former President George H.W. Bush has been in a Houston hospital for more than a month, and in intensive care since Sunday, a family spokesman has revealed.

He has been in the intensive care unit at Methodist Hospital since Sunday, spokesman Jim McGrath told CNN late Wednesday.

Bush is in guarded condition and is on a liquid diet that took effect with his transfer to the ICU, but McGrath could not offer more details about the reasons for the liquid diet.

At 88, Bush is the oldest living former president, having served from 1989 to 1993. He is the father of George W. Bush.

Bush with Obama in 2010 (White House/Pete Souza)

Bush was first hospitalized November 7-19, and then was readmitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on November 23. Bush has lower body Parkinsonism, which causes a loss of balance, and has used wheelchairs for more than a year, McGrath said in an email to Reuters.

Himself the son of a senator, Bush also served as a congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, envoy to China, CIA director and Ronald Reagan's vice president.

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