HOUSTON, TX -Former President George H.W. Bush is hospitalized in critical condition, according to a spokesman.
The statement, released by Jim McGrath Monday evening, says that President Bush was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital Sunday morning after contracting an infection that spread to his blood.
He is responding to treatments and appeared to be recovering Monday evening.
When Bush was admitted to the hospital he was suffering from an infection that led to sepsis, which can be life-threatening, according to a source close to the former President. He was in critical condition, the source said.
The source added that Bush's blood pressure kept dropping and a couple of times there was serious concern about whether he was going to come through, but that he had been stabilized.
But with Bush's age, his health and with this infection, this is very serious, the source explained.
The former President's hospitalization is especially upsetting for his family because it follows so closely on the death of his wife of 73 years last Tuesday. The family had been worried about how he would deal with her death and such an emotional week, according to the source.
The day after his wife's death, the former President paid tribute to her in a statement.
"I always knew Barbara was the most beloved woman in the world, and in fact I used to tease her that I had a complex relationship about that fact. But the truth is the outpouring of love and friendship being directed at The Enforcer is lifting us all up," he said, using her nickname. "We have faith she is in heaven, and we know that life will go on -- as she would have it. So cross the Bushes off your worry list."