Bush, 93, was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on April 22, just one day after his wife, Barbara Bush, was laid to rest. He had contracted an “infection that spread to his blood,” McGrath said at the time. In the days after he was hospitalized, Bush responded well to treatments and appeared to be recovering, McGrath said.
Barbara Bush died April 17 at age 92, two days after the family announced that she had “decided not to seek additional medical treatment” after recent hospitalizations.
The former president has been battling a form of Parkinson’s disease and has needed hospital care several times in recent years because of respiratory problems. He also suffered from Graves’ disease, a thyroid ailment, during his presidency. He remains America’s longest-living president, having surpassed Gerald Ford, who died in 2006 at 93 years and 165 days.
Bush served two terms as vice president under Ronald Reagan and then one as president, from 1989 to 1993. As president, he oversaw the end of the Cold War, and the successful expulsion of Iraq from Kuwait in the first Persian Gulf War.