George Bush snr admitted to Houston hospital

Houston: Former US President George HW Bush has been admitted to hospital after contracting an infection that spread to his blood, a family spokesman says.

Bush, 93, was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Sunday local time, a day after a funeral was held for the former president's wife, Barbara Bush, spokesman Jim McGrath said.

The couple had been married for 73 years.

Former US president George HW Bush was hospitalised the day after the funeral of his wife Barbara Bush.

"He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering," McGrath said in a statement.

Bush, the country's oldest living ex-president, served a single term in the Oval Office from 1989 through 1993.

He is the father of former Republican president George W Bush, who served two terms from 2001 through 2009, and former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who unsuccessfully sought the 2016 Republican nomination for president.

The elder Bush uses a wheelchair and an electric scooter for mobility after developing a form of Parkinson's disease, and he has needed hospital treatment several times in recent years for respiratory problems.

Barbara Bush, died at home on Tuesday last week after a series of recent hospitalisations.

Former President George HW Bush looks at the casket of his wife.

She was laid to rest Saturday in a ceremony attended by her husband and former presidents Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, George W Bush and their wives, along with current First Lady Melania Trump.

George HW Bush would write a letter to his wife on each wedding anniversary, his son, Jeb Bush said in a eulogy at the Saturday funeral, before reading aloud one such letter from 1994, a year after his father left the White House.

"I was very happy on that day in 1945, but I'm even happier today," he read, as his father squeezed his eyes shut and wept.

"You have given me joy that few men know … I have climbed perhaps the highest mountain in the world, but even that cannot hold a candle to being Barbara's husband."

A year ago this month, Bush spent two weeks in the hospital for treatment of pneumonia and chronic bronchitis, a constant irritation of the lining of tubes that carry air to one's lungs. Bush's doctors said chronic bronchitis is a condition more prevalent with age and can aggravate the symptoms of pneumonia.

Bush was hospitalised for 16 days in January 2017 for pneumonia. During that hospital stay, which included time in intensive care, doctors inserted a breathing tube and connected him to a ventilator.

He also was hospitalised in 2015 in Maine after falling at home and breaking a bone in his neck, and in December 2014 for about a week for shortness of breath. He spent Christmas 2012 in intensive care for a bronchitis-related cough and other issues.

AAP, Reuters

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