Update on George H.W. Bush's condition
Former president remains in intensive care
- Duration 3:53
- Date Dec 27, 2012
Former president remains in intensive care
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President George H.
Bush under close watch at a Houston hospital.
Reporter Christine gallon on the phone as she's at the hospital with the very latest Christie and give us an update on -- bush 41 police.
Wired right now as they watch and wait situation where reporters were kept outside Methodist Hospital in the -- Medical Center here in -- and.
-- as of last night and early this morning the 41 president of the United States George H.
Remained in the intensive care yet battling what his spokesperson described as a -- -- You know the 88 year old former president was -- to be alert and talking to his medical staff.
We did speak to the spokesperson about an hour ago and we were told -- was waiting for the badly it authorizing another statement we have not -- Feed -- updated statement Catholic yet.
-- you know the -- bush spent exactly one month at Methodist Hospital undergoing treatment for a lingering cough support doctors made the decision.
To transfer it into the -- -- -- this past and take the spokesperson against -- you know Munich nations will be given.
Until there at the change in his condition but again we did speaker that spokesperson than our guests that we are waiting for an updated statement -- promised him.
The other -- courses the oldest living former president and the -- of another former president.
Eric is -- this country as a vice president congressman ambassador CIA director and war pilot.
No matter what your political party for her it is certainly it's safe to say there's a lot of thought that there was there and.
Absolutely I thank you very much Christine -- OK we turn -- to doctor Marc -- on the severity of the condition we just heard from Christine doctor and she said.
-- the spokesperson said.
-- cautiously optimistic.
Do you buy that I actually heard from Jim McGrath as well -- the -- -- spokesperson that both President Bush and mrs.
bush are cautiously optimistic the current treatment would be effective.
And President Bush says he used to tell people he's -- he's not going anywhere.
And that sounds a lot like him I think his spirit -- indomitable spirit -- plays into this I've always believed that medically speaking -- we're talking about.
With Parkinson's disease patients tend to retain secretions they get bronchitis.
I think he had some -- with this because they were treating him with steroids when you stay in the hospital for a while you have a risk of picking up other bugs you know other bacteria that's around.
You get recurrent infections fever can be a positive sign that the patient is fighting off the infection I would say maybe intensive care unit may not be.
It may be because they want more intense treatment on -- more nursing care.
Words of caution -- keep more eyes.
But but but -- the -- -- -- to the hospital Methodist Hospital about a month -- for a recurring -- Is it unusual for a fever to show up a month later and you've been under you know obviously two great care.
Well -- it it is often a sign that something else is -- infection in other infection may be occurring.
The -- that you thought you got rid of may still be there may be persisting.
You know when you treat somebody -- stories -- you have to do it if if if the lungs are reacting a certain -- can increase your risk of infection all of this.
Caution the key the key thing here but there's a lot of antibiotics there's a lot of arrows in the -- there's a lot of ways to treat the situation.
Parkinson is not -- Parkinson's disease is not helping him here.
But his spirit is and this and the man has been in great physical condition his whole life that helps too that's good great point his spirit I -- friend who called me and said.
But she spoke to either him or someone who's speaking Foreman he said but the -- away that's a good thing -- right but that's what you want.
That's what you want our throughout my entire career when I see that and he's awake and alert.
We -- report that's also very good you know it is being in the hospital long time is not good price but that I would continue to be optimistic as well.
All right doctor and leave -- -- doctor Marc -- bankers are serious.