George H.W. Bush remains hospitalized in Maine for low blood pressure, fatigue

By Brittany Jeffers - Reporter, Megan Kennedy - Content Editor

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine - Former President George H.W. Bush continues to receive treatment for high blood pressure while he is hospitalized in Maine, the family press secretary, Jim McGrath, announced Wednesday.

McGrath said Bush, 93, is talkative and in good spirits while doctors treat his blood pressure. He said the treatments are expected to take several days.

McGrath Sunday said Bush was awake, alert and not in any discomfort. He said Bush would spend at least a few days in the hospital for observation.

"The former president is awake and alert, and not in any discomfort," he said.

Bush was taken to Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford. A spokeswoman said Sunday all information would be released by the Bush family.

Bush arrived in Maine for the summer May 20. Coming about a month after the death of his wife, Barbara, of 73 years, the family said the 41st president was eager to return to the family compound on Walker's Point. He has visited every summer since childhood, the only exception being the years of his World War II service.

On Saturday, Bush attended a pancake breakfast at an American Legion post in Kennebunkport. He had been scheduled to attend a Memorial Day parade in the town Monday.

Overwhelming support from Houstonians:

Although he is in a hospital more than 2,000 miles away from Texas, Houstonians told KPRC that their hearts and thoughts are with the former President 

“I would just say get better and we love you and God has got you," said Kevin Craddock.

“We wish him peace and comfort and healing," said Christina Mondragon.

Rehema Sanga also wished the former President a speedy recovery. 

“I want him to know that we love him we are praying for him, we are with them and the family," Sanga said.

Bush, who has a form of Parkinson's disease and a history of pneumonia and other infections, was hospitalized in Houston on April 22, the day after his wife's funeral, for an infection. He remained hospitalized for 13 days.

Bush uses a wheelchair and an electric scooter for mobility. He has been hospitalized several times in recent years for respiratory problems.

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