Former President George H. W. Bush Hospitalized

Former President George H.W. Bush sits on the sidelines before a game between the Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders, in Houston, in this Nov. 17, 2013 photo. George Bridges/MCT via Newscom
Former President George H.W. Bush sits on the sidelines before a game between the Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders, in Houston, in this Nov. 17, 2013 photo. George Bridges/MCT via Newscom

Former President George H.W. Bush was taken by ambulance to the Houston Methodist Hospital as a precaution after experiencing a shortness of breath earlier this evening, his spokesman said tonight.

The former president, age 90, will be held for observation, again as a precaution, Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said.

Houston Methodist is the same hospital were Bush spent nearly two months for a bronchitis-related cough and other health issues before he was released in January 2013 after treatment.

“The President has been made aware that President Bush was admitted to the hospital. President Obama and the First Lady send their good wishes to the former President and the entire Bush family during this holiday season,” White House Spokesperson Eric Schultz said in a statement tonight.

Bush’s most recent public appearance was in November at an event in November at Texas A&M University he attended with his son, former President George W. Bush.

He celebrated his 90th birthday in June by making a tandem parachute jump near his summer home in Maine. He also celebrated his 75th, 80th and 85th birthdays the same way.

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SOURCE: ABC News