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  • 29 November 2012, 18:03

President George HW Bush Battling Bronchitis

Former President George HW Bush is in a Houston hospital recovering from bronchitis, his chief of staff told the Houston Chronicle on Thursday.

Mr Bush, 88, was admitted last Friday due to a lingering cough that raised concern.

Dr Amy Myunderse, who is overseeing Mr Bush's care told the Chronicle: "Anytime someone the president's age has bronchitis, there's concern about possible pneumonia. But Mr Bush's condition never progressed to that level."

Mr Bush is expected to be released by the weekend.

Jean Becker, the former president's chief of staff, said: "We have kept this quiet out of respect for him."

"His big problem is a chronic cough he can't get rid of so he's back at Methodist," she said. "This is not a life-threatening illness."

Mr Bush had been in and out of Methodist Hospital for a few weeks due to the lingering cough. He was visited by his son and former president George W Bush on Sunday.

Mr Bush served a single term as president from 1989 to 1993. He was Ronald Reagan's vice president during his two terms in the White House.

The decorated World War II naval aviator also served as the director of the CIA in 1976.