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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Barbara Bush 84, Hospitalized In Houston

Barbara Bush Hospitalized In Houston

Former first lady Barbara Bush was hospitalized in Houston for tests after not feeling well for several weeks, NBC News reported Saturday night.

Former President George H.W. Bush took Mrs. Bush to Methodist Hospital on Saturday morning for routine testing, said Jean Becker, spokeswoman for the former president in Houston.

Sources told NBC that the problem was not believed to be related to her heart or the aortic valve operation that she underwent in March 2009.

Doctors hoped to let her go home Sunday or Monday, Becker said.

Mrs. Bush underwent surgery a year ago to have her aortic valve replaced by a valve from a pig. That surgery was performed because she was suffering from a severe narrowing of the main valve.

Mrs. Bush underwent surgery in November 2008 for a perforated ulcer. When she lived at the White House, she disclosed she was suffering from an overactive thyroid ailment known as Graves' disease. The disease causes teary eyes and double vision, according to her doctors.

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Sources: MSNBC, ET Online, Google Maps

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