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George H.W. Bush, age 93, is hospitalized a day after Barbara Bush’s funeral

“He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering,” a spokesperson for the former president said in a statement.

George H.W. Bush at Barbara Bush’s funeral. Mark Burns (Pool)/Office of George H.W. Bush via Getty Images
Jen Kirby is a senior foreign and national security reporter at Vox, where she covers global instability.

Former President George H.W. Bush, 93, was hospitalized on Sunday, a day after the funeral ceremony for his wife, Barbara Bush.

A statement from a family spokesperson, Jim McGrath, said that the former president had been admitted to the hospital after contracting an infection that spread to his blood. “He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering,” the statement read.

The news comes as the Bush family and the nation mourned Barbara Bush, the former first lady and matriarch of the American political dynasty who passed away at age 92 last week. Barbara and George H.W. were married for 73 years, the longest of any presidential couple, and many of the tributes to Barbara reflected on the deep love and companionship she and her husband shared.