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    Barbara Bush Hospitalized for Respiratory Issue in Texas, Said to Be in "Great Spirits"

    George H.W. Bush, George Bush, Barbara Bush AP Photo/Doug Mills

    Barbara Bush unfortunately had to spend New Year's Eve in the hospital.

    The 88-year-old wife of 41st President George H.W. Bush was admitted to Methodist Hospital in Houston's Texas Medical Center on Monday to be treated for a respiratory-related issued, according to a statement released by her husband's office.

    "She is in great spirits, has already received visits from her husband and family, and is receiving fantastic care. Updates will be issued when warranted."

    The former first lady has had issues with her health in recent years, undergoing surgery to repair a hole in her intestine caused by an ulcer in 2008 and then having an aortic valve replaced in 2009. She revealed while her husband was in office in 1989 that she had Grave's disease, an autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid.

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    Her 89-year-old husband's fragile health (he was hospitalized for two months in 2013 with bronchitis) was cited as the reason that the former first couple did not make the trip to South Africa last month for Nelson Mandela's memorial service, which was attended by dozens of current and former state dignitaries, including former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and their wives.

    Barbara married George Sr. in 1945. They had six children together, one of whom, daughter Pauline, died in 1953; 21 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

    The most recent arrival was George W.'s first grandchild, Margaret, the first child for Jenna Bush Hager and husband Henry. She was born in April.

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