Former U.S. president George H.W. Bush remains in stable condition with pneumonia in the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital and his wife, Barbara Bush, is making progress for treatment of bronchitis at the same hospital, a spokesman said on Thursday.


Family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement that Bush's doctors were determining whether his breathing tube can be removed and that he had a good night's rest.


"We are hopeful he will be discharged from the ICU in a few days," McGrath said.


George Bush, who at 92 is the nation's oldest living ex-president, has been at Houston Methodist Hospital since Saturday after experiencing shortness of breath, McGrath has said.


Barbara Bush, 91, was admitted to the same hospital on Wednesday as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing. She was diagnosed with bronchitis, McGrath said.


"After being admitted yesterday and diagnosed with a case of bronchitis, Mrs. Bush reports she feels 1,000 percent better this morning," McGrath said in his Thursday statement. "Antibiotics and some good rest seem to have restored her to better health."

The Bushes marked their 72nd wedding anniversary on Jan. 6. Prior to being hospitalized, they had said they would not attend the inauguration of Republican Donald Trump as president on Friday due to health concerns.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Bill Trott)