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Former President George H.W. Bush Hospitalized

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Former presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush leave a 2010 wedding in Miami. (AP Photo) Former presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush leave a 2010 wedding in Miami. (AP Photo)

HOUSTON (AP/CBS) - Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston for treatment of a lingering cough.

Methodist Hospital issued a statement Thursday saying the 88-year-old Bush has been in and out of the hospital recently for complications resulting from bronchitis.

The hospital said Bush is in stable condition and is expected to be released within 72 hours.

Bush's chief of staff, Jean Becker, told the Houston Chronicle the illness was not life-threatening but there had been concerns it could have developed into pneumonia.

Bush Family Spokesperson Jim McGrath told CBS News that the former president "had bronchitis, but they were able to cure that."

"He's still in the hospital with a lingering cough," said McGrath. "This is just a precautionary measure. Very hopeful he'll be out by the weekend. He was admitted to Methodist Hospital in Houston the day after Thanksgiving."

Bush's son, former President George W. Bush, has been among his visitors.

The elder Bush served as president from 1989 through 1993 and as vice president under Ronald Reagan from 1981 through 1989.

Over a long Washington career, he was also a member of the House of Representatives from Texas from 1967 through 1971, chair of the Republican National Committee, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and Director of Central Intelligence.

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