Barbara Bush in failing health, won't seek further treatment

Barbara Bush in failing health, won't seek further treatment

Former first lady Barbara Bush is receiving comfort care at home and is no longer seeking medical treatment.

The statement did not indicate the nature of Bush's illness but her family has said that she has been hospitalized several times in Houston, Texas, over the past year to be treated for chronic pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure.

Jim McGrath, the spokesman for the elder former president and Mrs.

CNN reports that Bush is at her home in Houston and has declined going back to the hospital to receive additional treatment. Instead, she has made a decision to focus on comfort care.

A family spokesman says former first lady Barbara Bush "has been a rock in the face of her failing health".

"She's with my grandpa, the man she's loved for over 73 years".

Throughout a long life in the public eye, Bush was a fierce advocate for her husband and sons, including former Florida governor and presidential candidate Jeb Bush. Sons Neil and Marvin and daughter Doro were also by their mother's side at the Bush residence. Her son, the 43 USA president, is 71.

Bush is the only living wife of one former President and the mother of another former President. After he returned on leave, she dropped out of Smith College, and the two married in January 1945.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said: "The president's and first lady's prayers are with all of the Bush family during this time". In Jan. 2017, they were both hospitalized for separate health issues and were unable to attend President Trump's inauguration.

As first lady from 1989 until the start of 1993, Bush was a popular national figure known for her sometimes blunt talk and self-deprecating wit.

With hair that had turned white prematurely, Bush was known by family members as the "Silver Fox".

Barbara Pierce Bush was born June 8, 1925, in Rye, New York. The pearls became synonymous with Bush, who later said she selected them to hide the wrinkles in her neck. Proceeds from the books benefited adult and family literacy programs. In fact, Mrs. Bush's condition is top of mind for workers at Molina's Cantina on Westheimer, where the Bushes have been customers for years. The foundation partners with local programs and had awarded more than $40 million as of 2014 to create or expand more than 1,500 literacy programs nationwide.

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