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George H.W. Bush to remain in hospital through Thursday night

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HOUSTON – Former President George H. W. Bush will remain at Methodist Hospital for a third night after being rushed to the hospital by ambulance Tuesday evening.

Bush's spokesperson Jim McGrath said in a statement Thursday evening "President Bush had another terrific day and is in great spirits. He was visited by Mrs. Bush as well as his son Neil and daughter-in-law Maria Bush, and has received well wishes from family, friends and fellow citizens.

"President Bush will remain at the Houston Methodist Hospital this evening. He asked that his sincere wishes for a very Merry Christmas be extended to one and all." 

President Bush will remain at the Houston Methodist Hospital this evening. He asked that his sincere wishes for a very Merry Christmas be extended to one and all.

Wednesday evening, Bush's spokesperson McGrath said, "President Bush had a good day and his prognosis remains positive. He will remain at the Houston Methodist Hospital tonight as a precaution."

McGrath said Bush was at home Tuesday when he experienced shortness of breath. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution, McGrath said. 

The former president has had a history health problems dating back to his time in the White House when he had an irregular heart beat and was diagnosed with thyroid disease.

He also suffers from a form of Parkinson's disease that has left him wheelchair bound. Dr. John Higgins, a cardiologist who has not treated Bush, said that could also be a factor in this latest health scare.

"We know that in individuals who have Parkinson's, if they are in a wheelchair, they can sometimes have mild issues with breathing, because the Parkinson's can affect the ability and strength of muscles," Higgins said. 

Bush turned 90 in June and has not been in the best of health.

In 2012, he spent two months at Methodist Hospital because of a bronchitis-related cough and other health issues. He was released in Jan. 2013.

Bush most recently appeared at a November event with his son, former President George W. Bush.

The White House says President Barack Obama, who is vacationing in Hawaii, has been notified about Bush's admission.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz says the president and first lady "send their good wishes" to Bush and his family.

This story comes courtesy KSAT's sister station in Houston, KPRC.