The 41st President of the United States is under medical care at a Houston facility after he suffered a severe case of pneumonia. Even though the former president’s condition seems to have improved over the last several days, doctors want to evaluate his state further before proceeding to remove the breathing tube. According to the health experts, the former president has been suffering from a rare condition dubbed vascular parkinsonism. As its name suggests, the disease shares some similarities with Parkinson’s.
George H.W. Bush also suffered from pneumonia in 2015, after he broke a vertebra. He was confined to a wheelchair shortly afterward. On Friday, January 20th, however, Jim McGrath, a spokesman for the Bush family declared the former president felt good enough to watch the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump.
“President Bush is comfortable and watching the inauguration”, said McGrath.
Nevertheless, he refrained from providing further details on George H.W. Bush’s condition.
According to health experts, pneumonia is referred to as an infection of the lungs. Patients could exhibit either severe or mild symptoms of the disease. However, elderly patients are most susceptible to developing potentially fatal complications.
George H.W. Bush spoke out on his condition, saying that doctors prohibited him from leaving Texas for Donald Trump’s inauguration. The main cause of concern, according to him, was the cold weather of January that could seriously impact his overall health and even kill him.
Health experts say that elderly people are most susceptible to vascular parkinsonism. Even though the affection resembles the more severe Parkinson’s, patients do not exhibit the characteristic tremors. They also do not respond to Parkinson’s treatment. However, brain scans of patients with vascular parkinsonism reveal they suffer small strokes, which could lead to impaired motor functions. Furthermore, the disease the former president suffers from also mimics other disorders like progressive supranuclear palsy, excessive fluid in the brain, and most notable, Parkinson’s disease.
Several years ago, in 2012, the former president described his condition saying he suffers no pain. However, he found odd that his legs do not respond to commands and described the disease as a “good one to get” bad-sounding disease.
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