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Former President Bush Spends Christmas in Hospital

By Ramit Plushnick-Masti
|  Tuesday, Dec 25, 2012  |  Updated 2:50 PM CDT
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Bush Spends Christmas in Hospital

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Former President George H.W. Bush is spending Christmas in Houston hospital where his wife, Barbara, and other relatives are visiting him.

Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said Tuesday that Bush's son, Neil, and Neil's wife also visited, and the former president is expecting one of his grandsons to drop by as well.

The 41st president has been in the hospital since Nov. 23 with a lingering, bronchitis-like cough

Bush's spokesman Jim McGrath said Monday that doctors remain "cautiously optimistic" the 88-year-old former president will recover, but they want to keep him in the hospital.

A hospital spokesman had said last week that doctors expected Bush to be released in time to spend Christmas at home.

McGrath says Bush came down with a fever last week, and doctors are also trying to balance his medications and help him regain strength. McGrath says Bush has largely overcome the painful, lingering cough that initially brought him to Methodist Hospital on Nov. 23.

McGrath says he does not know what caused the fever or the weakness.

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