Nation

Cough keeps George H.W. Bush in Texas hospital

George H.W. Bush is being treated for a bronchitis-related cough.

George H.W. Bush is being treated for a bronchitis-related cough.

HOUSTON — George H.W. Bush, who has been in a Houston hospital with a lingering cough since November, needs to ‘‘build up his energy’’ before he can be released, doctors said Sunday.

Methodist Hospital spokesman George Kovacik said in a statement that doctors are still optimistic the 88-year-old former president will make a full recovery, but are being ‘‘extra cautious’’ with his care. Bush is in stable condition, he said.

Advertisement

Kovacik said Sunday a discharge date has not been set, and it remains unclear whether the 41st president will be able to spend Christmas at home. Kovacik said that could be decided Monday.

Bush was hospitalized Nov. 23 for treatment of a bronchitis-related cough.

Get Ground Game in your inbox:
Daily updates and analysis on national politics from James Pindell.
Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

Hospital officials have said Bush has been receiving physical therapy to increase his strength.

The former president’s spokesman, Jim McGrath, had said on Thursday that Bush might be released in time for Christmas.

The former president also was in the hospital with a cough for about a week in early November.

Associated Press

Loading comments...
Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.
We hope you've enjoyed your free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to Globe.com for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com