Former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized Thursday for bronchitis complications and is in stable condition, according to Washington Post.
"President Bush has been in and out of The Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center being treated for complications related to his bronchitis," Bush's office said in a statement released by the hospital. "He is in stable condition, and is expected to be released within the next 72 hours."
The former President, who is 88 years old, has been in and out of the hospital recently for a lingering cough and complications resulting from bronchitis. Bronchitis can become pneumonia at Bush's age, but according to Dr. Amy Myunderse, who is in charge of Bush's care, "Mr. Bush's condition never progressed to that level." Officials claim Bush's illness is non life-threatening.
Bush had been diagnosed with lower-body Parkinsonism in February, according to Reuters, "which causes a loss of balance, and that he often uses a wheelchair," The Houston Chronicle reported.
"They were able to successfully treat that piece of it, but he still has a lingering cough and that and the fact that's he's 88 - they're just being extra cautious and holding him until the cough gets better," Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath said.