FAIRFIELD COUNY, Conn. -- Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, who grew up in Greenwich, was admitted to the ICU in Houston Wednesday to address an acute respiratory problem. His wife Barbara was also admitted to the same hospital.
Jim McGrath, a spokesperson for the couple said in a statement that they had both been admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Wednesday. The former president's respiratory problem stemmed from pneumonia, McGrath said.
"Doctors performed a procedure to protect and clear his airway that required sedation. President Bush is stable and resting comfortably in the ICU, where he will remain for observation," McGrath said.
The former first lady was admitted to the hospital as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing, McGrath said in the same statement Wednesday afternoon.
The 41st president moved to Greenwich with his family from Milton, Mass. shortly after his birth. He began his education at Greenwich Country Day School. Barbara Bush grew up in Rye and attended Rye Country Day School.
Bush had already planned on missing Friday's inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C. due to health concerns. In a letter to President-elect Donald Trump, Bush wrote, "My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it will likely put me six feet under. Same for Barbara. So I guess we're stuck in Texas."
"But we will be with you and the country in spirit," he continued. "I want you to know that I wish you the very best as you begin this incredible journey of leading our great country. If I can ever be of help, please let me know."
McGrath said more details on the Bushes will be provided as events warrant.