Former first lady Barbara Bush was admitted to a Houston-area hospital Monday with complaints of a “respiratory-related issue” Monday according to a statement released by a family spokesman late Tuesday night.
Bush, 88, was admitted to Texas Medical Center’s Methodist Hospital, according to spokesman Jim McGrath’s written statement, CNN reported.
“She is in great spirits, has already received visits from her husband and family, and is receiving fantastic care,” the statement said. “Updates will be issued when warranted.”
CNN first became aware of the former first lady’s hospitalization from a tweet posted by KPRC, which read:
Former first lady Barbara Bush hospitalized http://t.co/INatj0ufP8 #KPRC
— KPRC Local 2 Houston (@KPRCLocal2) January 1, 2014
Bush, married to former President George H.W. Bush, served as first lady from 1989 to 1993, and during this time established the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Her husband also served as vice president for 8 years under former President Ronald Reagan.
During her husband’s first year as president, Barbara Bush acknowledged that she suffered from Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disease that commonly affects the thyroid. CNN reported:
In 2010, she was hospitalized for what doctors at the time described as a recurrence of Graves’ disease.
Bush underwent heart surgery in 2009 after doctors found hardening in one part of her aorta.
In 2008, she was hospitalized after suffering abdominal pain. She underwent surgery for a perforated ulcer.
Following retirement from politics, the couple divides their time between homes in Houston and in Kennebunkport, Maine.
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