Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush will stay in the hospital throughout the weekend due to a lingering cough which doctors want to continue to monitor according to a report in The Huffington Post Dec. 1.
George Kovacik, the spokesman for Methodist Hospital where the president is staying says there is no change in Bush’s status. Bush’s spokesman, Jim McGrath said "he still has the cough and we're now not expecting him to be discharged this weekend." McGrath further stated that doctors are playing it safe for reasons which are apparent.
It had been expected that the 88-year-old Bush would be leaving the hospital but the cough, related to a tough case of bronchitis has been more persistent than expected.
The 41st president of the Unite States has been in and out of the hospital because of complications brought on by the bronchitis. Antibiotics and steroids have been used but have not achieved the desired affects, resulting in this second stay in the hospital since November.
The elder Bush also suffers from Parkinson’s disease which forces him to use either a wheelchair or a motorized scooter in order to be mobile.