12/31/2013 08:54 pm ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

Barbara Bush, Former First Lady, Hospitalized With Respiratory Illness [UPDATE]


Former first lady Barbara Bush was hospitalized Tuesday at Methodist Hospital in Houston, according to television station KPRC.

The wife of the 41st president, George H. W. Bush, had been hospitalized with the beginning signs of pneumonia, according the Houston NBC affiliate. ABC News confirmed the report in a tweet. KPRC reports Bush had been receiving treatment throughout the day, and her condition was stable.

In 2008, Bush was hospitalized for an ulcer, and in 2009 for an aortic valve replacement.

The former first lady is 88.

UPDATE 9:07 p.m. EST -- The Office of former President George H. W. Bush issued the following statement on the hospitalization of former first lady Barbara Bush.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush was admitted to Methodist Hospital in Houston’s Texas Medical Center yesterday for treatment on a respiratory related issue. 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 statement was tweeted from the NBC Nightly News account.