Dean Schabner and Gina Sunseri
January 1, 2014
Former first lady Barbara Bush was hospitalized today for early signs of pneumonia, but the family said she was “in great spirits.”
“Former first lady Barbara Bush was admitted to Methodist Hospital in Houston’s Texas Medical Center yesterday for treatment on a respiratory related issue,” family spokesman Jim McGrath said. “She has already received visits from her husband and family, and is receiving fantastic care.”
Bush, 88, whose husband George H.W. Bush was president from 1989 to 1993, used her prominence as first lady to champion numerous civic and charitable causes, primarily as an advocate for global literacy.