January 1, 2014

Ex-first lady Barbara Bush hospitalized in Houston

A statement said updates will be issued when warranted.

The Associated Press

HOUSTON — Former first lady Barbara Bush has been hospitalized in Houston with a respiratory-related issue.

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In this Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 file photo, former first lady Barbara Bush listens to a patient’s question during a visit to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. Former first lady Barbara Bush has been hospitalized in Houston with a respiratory-related issue, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. A statement Tuesday night from the office of her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, said she was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Monday.

AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

A statement Tuesday night from the office of her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, said she was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Monday.

The statement says the 88-year-old is “in great spirits” and is getting “fantastic care.” The statement says she’s received visits from her husband and family.

The statement said updates will be issued when warranted.

Just last week, Mrs. Bush and her husband, the 41st president, honored a Houston businessman and philanthropist with a Points of Light Award, a volunteer service award started by the former president.

The Bushes’ have a home in Houston, as well as Kennebunkport, Maine.

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