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Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized

Bush has been hospitalized due to an infection that spread to his blood, a spokesperson said Monday.

Pushed by his son, George W., former President George H.W. Bush accepts condolences as he leaves St. Martin's Episcopal Church after the funeral service for his wife, Barbara, in Houston on April 21, 2018.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with news of Bush's recovery.

Former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized Sunday morning "after contracting an infection that spread to his blood," a spokesperson said Monday. 

“He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering,” Jim McGrath said in a released statement. “We will issue updates as events warrant.”

Bush was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital hours after a funeral for his late wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, was held in Houston.

In a Wednesday statement, McGrath said Bush had been moved from intensive care into a regular patient room. "He is expected to continue his recovery there for several more days," the statement read. "He is alert and talking with hospital staff, family and friends, and his doctors are very pleased with his progress."

The former president was hospitalized twice in 2017, once in January to treat "an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia" and again in April to address a consistent cough. In 2015, Bush was hospitalized in Maine after falling and breaking a bone in his neck. And in 2014, he was admitted to a hospital for shortness of breath.

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