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Published: Wednesday, May 02, 2018 @ 11:10 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 02, 2018 @ 11:10 AM
HOUSTON — Former President George H.W. Bush continued to recover Wednesday, more than a week after he was hospitalized in Texas for an infection that spread to his blood, a family spokesman said.
Update May 2, 2018 9:15 AM MDT: Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath said Wednesday that the former president continued to regain his strength and that "his doctors are very pleased with his progress."
Bush was first hospitalized April 22, one day after mourners gathered for the funeral of his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush. McGrath said doctors determined Bush had an infection that spread to his blood. He was initially put in the intensive care unit at Houston Methodist Hospital. He was moved to a regular patient bed last week.
Update Apr 30, 2018 12:35 PM MDT: Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath said Monday that the president is continuing to gain strength.
"(Bush) is in great spirits and is looking forward to going home soon," he said.
Update Apr 27, 2018 8:41 AM MDT: Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement Friday that Bush will be held at Houston Methodist Hospital "to continue his recovery and gaining strength."
"(Bush) is in excellent spirits, and is looking forward to resuming his schedule and going to Maine next month," McGrath said.
Bush was hospitalized Sunday, one day after mourners gathered for the funeral of his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush. McGrath said doctors determined Bush had an infection that spread to his blood.
He was admitted to the intensive care unit at Houston Methodist Hospital, but he had been moved to a regular patient room by Wednesday.
Fmr President @GeorgeHWBush will remain in @MethodistHosp through the weekend to continue his recovery and regaining strength. 41 is in excellent spirits, and is looking forward to resuming his schedule and going to Maine next month.— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) April 27, 2018
Update Apr 25, 2018 12:43 PM MDT: Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Bush was "alert and talking with hospital staff, family and friends" by Wednesday. He was first hospitalized one day after the funeral of his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush.
McGrath said Bush "is expected to continue his recovery there for several more days."
The former president thanked several people earlier Wednesday for their "professional and obvious care in making Barbara's visitors and funeral guests feel so welcomed."
My family and I thank Mayor @SylvesterTurner, his terrific staff, @houstonpolice, @METROHouston, @SBCHouston, @StMartinsDOK — and really all Houstonians — for your professionalism and obvious care in making Barbara's visitors and funeral guests feel so welcomed. Thank you all.— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) April 25, 2018
Original report: Jim McGrath says on Twitter that the 93-year-old Bush is “responding to treatments and appears to be recovering.” He says he was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital Sunday morning after an infection spread to his blood.
Barbara Bush was laid to rest Saturday in a ceremony attended by her husband and former presidents Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and their wives, along with current first lady Melania Trump.
George Bush has a form of Parkinson's disease and uses a motorized scooter or wheelchair to get around.
George Bush was the youngest naval aviator when he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1943, spurred by the attack on Pearl Harbor.
He flew 58 combat missions during World War II, including one that required he be rescued by a submarine after his plane was hit by Japanese anti-aircraft fire.
For his bravery, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
It was while he was enlisted that he first met Barbara Bush, then a student at Smith College. The couple were married in Jan. 6, 1945, making theirs the longest marriage of any presidential couple in American history.
The couple had six children: George W., Robin, John (known as Jeb), Neil, Marvin and Dorothy. Robin died as a child. George W. Bush served two terms as president from 2001 to 2009. Jeb Bush ran for the Republican nomination in the run-up to November's election, but lost his bid to President-elect Donald Trump.
Following in the footsteps of his father, U.S. Sen. Prescott Bush (R-Connecticut), George Bush launched a career in politics in 1963 after settling with his family in Texas. He served as a congressman, CIA director and Ronald Reagan's vice president.
In 1989, became the first sitting vice president to secure the presidency since 1837.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 12:35 PM
KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. — A young girl drowned and her twin brother was hospitalized Friday after they were found in a swimming pool while staying with a babysitter in Tennessee, according to Knox County sheriff’s deputies.
The children, who were identified only as nearly 2-year-old twins, were staying at a home on Fox Lonas Road in West Knox County when the incident happened, deputies said. Their babysitter told authorities that she began to look for the twins after another child arrived at her home around 10 a.m. Friday.
She said she found them in the deep end of a swimming pool, deputies said.
First responders attempted to revive the children and rushed them to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in critical condition, WBIR reported.
Deputies said the girl was pronounced dead at the hospital. The boy was on life support Friday.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 11:42 AM
— A metro Atlanta man told WSBTV that he is “just lost” after losing nine of his relatives in a duck boat accident on Missouri’s Table Rock Lake on Thursday.
“I don’t know. I can’t place it. I can’t imagine it,” Gary Coleman told WSBTV. “We’ve had a death in the family — one or two. Not a whole family at one time.”
Gary Coleman and his wife, Carolyn Coleman, who live in Riverdale, said it doesn’t seem real.
There were 11 Colemans on the duck boat and only two survived, Gary Coleman said. He said they were on an annual family trip. WSBTV learned the family wasn’t supposed to be on that specific duck boat, but a ticket mix-up is why they were on board.
Early Thursday, he released a photo of eight of the relatives who died in the accident. Gary Coleman said everyone in the photo except for the woman on the far left, Tia, and the teenage boy on the far right, Donovan, died in the accident, according to WSBTV.
“I’ve just been looking at this picture all day,” he told the news station.
The family is from Indianapolis. Gary said the deceased include two of his brothers, Butch and Ray, his niece Angela, his nephew Glen and his grandnephews Maxwell and Reese. Butch’s wife, Belinda, also died, as did two young children, who Gary Coleman didn’t name.
Tia and Donovan Coleman were the two survivors.
The accident killed 17 people and injured 14 when the boat capsized after a strong line of thunderstorms moved through the area about 7 p.m. Thursday.
Officials said the victims range in age from 1 to 70 years old.
Gary and Carolyn Coleman question why the boat went out at all.
“My biggest question is why did that boat go out? They had thunderstorm warning all day coming through Kansas and Missouri,” Gary Coleman said.
Though the loss of nine family members is devastating, they’re trying to find solace through their faith.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
HOUSTON — A cardiologist who treated former President George H.W. Bush was shot and killed Friday in a bicycle drive-by shooting near Texas Medical Center in Houston.
Police said Dr. Mark Hausknecht, 65, was riding his bicycle near Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women just before 9 a.m. on Friday when he was shot by another bicyclist going in the other direction, Houston Police tweeted.
UPDATE on this morning's fatal shooting at 6600 Main Street: pic.twitter.com/Srgvcss4rW— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) July 20, 2018
The man fired two shots at Hausknecht before taking off on his bike, police said.
Hausknecht was on his way to work at the time, KTRK reported. A witness flagged down a private ambulance driving by the scene. Emergency crews rushed him to a nearby hospital, where he later died.
Investigators do not know if the shooting was random or targeted, or possibly the result of road rage.
Jim McGrath, spokesperson for former President H.W. Bush, 94, issued a statement on Twitter.
“Mark was a fantastic cardiologist and a good man,” President Bush said in the statement. “I will always be grateful for his exceptional, compassionate care. His family is in our prayers.”
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 11:57 AM
LANCASTER, S.C. — A Marine stationed in Norway traveled around the globe to surprise his father in South Carolina on his birthday.
The two reunited in an emotional moment at Friday’s celebration for Perry Clanton, an assistant volunteer fire chief, in Lancaster, South Carolina. Family and friends gathered for the occasion at the Buford Fire and Rescue building.
Clanton thought he was doing an interview with WSOCTV, but instead, his son, Cpl. Matthew Clanton walked into the room.
“I’m so proud of him, to have him home,” Perry Clanton said. “No one told me anyone would be here. (It) truly is a gift.”
Perry Clanton was also honored for his work in the community with diabetes. His father-in-law died from complications of diabetes a few years ago, and Clanton was diagnosed with diabetes in 2015. He lost more than 100 pounds to get healthy and urged others to do the same.
“He's always been there for me,” Matthew Clanton said. “If this is one thing I can do for him, to be here for him, he’s one of my big heroes that I look up to.”
Matthew Clanton gave his father a plaque, with a proclamation calling the day “Perry Clanton Day."