Former first lady Barbara Bush, 91, was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Wednesday morning to be treated for bronchitis, according to family spokesman Jim McGrath. While it is unclear when the first lady will be allowed to return home, she was said to be resting comfortably and recovering.
Barbara Bush’s husband, 92-year-old former President George H.W. Bush, has been at Houston Methodist Hospital since Saturday for treatment of “an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia.” The former president was expected to be able to return home later this week, but changes to his condition necessitated his move to the intensive care unit on Wednesday, where he was sedated and intubated.
In a statement released on Thursday, McGrath said that the famously candid Barbara was feeling “a thousand percent better” and that both Bushes were “on the upswing.”
“They may not be out of the woods yet,” added McGrath, “but we can see the edge of the forest.”
Barbara Bush had been outspoken in support of her son, Jeb, during the 2016 GOP primary race — and critical of Donald Trump. Nevertheless, she and her husband planned to attend Trump’s inauguration until they developed health issues. The former president then sent Trump a rather amusing letter explaining why they wouldn’t be able to make it.