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

Former first lady Barbara Bush listens to a patient's question during a visit to the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Main
Former first lady Barbara Bush listens to a patient's question during a visit to the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. Bush read a children's book and introduced the patients to her dog during the visit. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

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.

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.

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