George H.W. Bush, 90, hospitalized in Houston; shortness of breath

George H.W. Bush, 90, hospitalized in Houston; shortness of breath

Former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized on Tuesday after experiencing what a spokesman called a “shortness of breath.”

Bush, 90, was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital Tuesday evening as a precaution. The former president will remain there under observation.

In late 2012, he was admitted to the hospital with a bronchitis-related cough. Bush was released Nov. 19 but returned the day after Thanksgiving with a persistent cough. …

Bush spent that Christmas at the hospital, only leaving intensive care on Dec. 30.

He spent nearly two months at the hospital until his release in mid-January 2013. …

[H]ealth problems…didn’t stop the former World War II dive bomber — at one time the youngest pilot in the Navy — from marking his 90th birthday in June with a parachute jump at his family’s summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

The nation’s 41st president made the historic jump from a helicopter at about 6,000 feet. He was connected by a harness to a member of the Army’s Golden Knights parachute demonstration team.

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