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27.11.2008 US & Canada

Barbara Bush In Hospital With Stomach Pain

By Daily Guide
Barbara Bush In Hospital With Stomach Pain

Former first lady Barbara Bush will spend the night in a Houston, Texas, hospital Tuesday night after falling ill, according to a family spokeswoman.

Spokeswoman Jean Becker said Bush, 83, was admitted to Methodist Hospital for testing after complaining of stomach pain for several days.

She arrived at the emergency room at about 5:30 p.m. Central Time.

After feeling ill, Bush called her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, at his office urging him to take her to the hospital.

The former president's Secret Service detail drove them both to the hospital, Becker said.

Jim McGrath, a spokesman for Bush's husband said all of the tests were negative.

"She's fine," McGrath said.

Bush has been diagnosed with the thyroid condition Graves' Disease. It was not known whether the condition had any relation to her hospitalization on Tuesday.

Bush, the mother of President George W. Bush, was first lady during her husband's term as president from January 1989 to January 1993.

Born in New York in 1925, Bush, born Barbara Pierce, married her husband in 1945. She is the great-great-great niece of Franklin Pierce, who served as president from 1853 to 1857.

She and the former president split their time between Houston and Kennebunkport, Maine. CNN