Former President spends Christmas with family
Doctors at Methodist Hospital decided against discharging former President George H.W. Bush because of a fever that he had been battling. So he spent Christmas day surrounded by family at the hospital. Spokesman Jim McGrath says Mr. Bush is doing his best to remain upbeat.
“He’s the most relentlessly positive person and said he was determined not to be grumpy about all of this, which is tough for him,” McGrath told our television partner, Local 2.
McGrath says this wasn't the kind of Christmas the former President was planning.
“He’s used to not sitting in one place for too long. He’s surrounded by his family. That’s the best medicine,” McGrath said.
Bush's wife, Barbara, their son Neil and Neil's wife are visited him in the hospital. They had Chinese food from Gigi's Asian Bistro delivered. Dinner at Gigi's on Christmas day is a Bush family tradition.
McGrath says that doctors think they have his current issues under control, but they need to see more improvement before letting the former President return home.
He has been in and out of the hospital since November 7th with bronchitis.
Houston's Morning News welcomes McGrath: