Former President George H.W. Bush On Liquids-Only Diet as Fever Worsens

4798Doctors had hoped to release the 88-year-old Bush, who was hospitalized with a cough on Nov. 23, by Christmas Day.

Former President George H.W. Bush waves as he leaves the East Room of the White House in May following the official portrait unveiling of his son, George W. Bush. The elder Bush is being treated at a hospital in Houston for a bronchitis-like cough and is on a liquids-only diet due rising fever. (Photo: Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images)
Former president George H.W. Bush, who was hospitalized in Houston last month with a bronchitis-like cough, has been put on a liquids-only diet because of a "stubborn" fever that has worsened in recent days, according to his spokesman.

Jim McGrath tells the Associated Press that doctors at the Methodist Hospital have been treating the fever with Tylenol but have not determined why it has "elevated" in recent days.

Doctors had earlier said they had hoped to discharge the 41st president by Christmas Day.

At the same time, McGrath said, the nagging cough that landed the 88-year-old former president in the hospital has improved. He coughs only about once a day, McGrath said.

Bush was initially hospitalized Nov. 7, then released, but returned on Nov. 23.

Source: USA Today | Doug Stanglin
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