HOUSTON -- Former President George H.W. Bush is unlikely to leave the Houston hospital where he's being cared for anytime soon but would tell well-wishers to "put the harps back in the closet," an aide says.
Bush's longtime Houston chief of staff Jean Becker says in a statement Thursday evening that the 88-year-old, who has been hospitalized for longer than a month, is receiving excellent care after a "terrible case of bronchitis which then triggered a series of complications."
She also urges people keep him and his family in prayers.
Bush has been in intensive care since Sunday. He was admitted to Methodist Hospital Nov. 23.
MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press