Former President Gerald R. Ford, has been admitted to a hospital to treat what is being described as “a horrible cold”. At 92 years of age, even a mild cold can quickly turn into full-blown pneumonia, and that can kill.
Ford, 92, was admitted to Eisenhower Medical Center late Monday and was expected to be released Wednesday, spokeswoman Penny Circle said from Ford’s Rancho Mirage office about 110 miles east of Los Angeles.
“He’s in for medical tests, routine tests,” Circle told The Associated Press by telephone. “He’s had a horrible cold and he still hasn’t gotten over it.”
While staff members are minimizing this little episode and calling it routine, etc., don’t be surprised if we learn before the month is out that Ford has died from whatever ails him. Reality is what it is, and he’s an old man. You can be sure that whatever is going on with the former president, there are those around him who are well prepared to deal with worst case scenarios, and for a 92 year old, a ‘common cold’ can be the case that kills.