Former President George H.W. Bush has been moved into the intensive care unit, a family spokesman said.
Bush was originally admitted to a Houston hospital on Nov. 23 for a bronchitis-like cough, which has mostly gone away. But the 88-year-old has had a fever that has not only hung on, but has been rising.
“Following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever, President Bush was admitted to the intensive care unit at Methodist Hospital on Sunday where he remains in guarded condition,” family spokesman Jim McGrath said.
“Doctors at Methodist continue to be cautiously optimistic about the current course of treatment. The President is alert and conversing with medical staff, and is surrounded by family,” he added.
Physicians said on Dec. 13 that they expected Bush would “be able to celebrate Christmas at home with his family — though no release date has been set at this time.”
Former first lady Barbara Bush, along with son Neil and his family, brought the 41st president Chinese food for his Christmas dinner, the Houston Chronicle reported.