Published: Mon, April 16, 2018

Barbara Bush In Failing Health, Won't Seek Additional Medical Treatment

Barbara Bush In Failing Health, Won't Seek Additional Medical Treatment

Former first lady Barbara Bush is in failing health and after a series of hospitalizations, she has decided not to seek further medical treatment, a family spokesman said Sunday.

HOUSTON (AP) - Former first lady Barbara Bush is in "failing health" and won't seek additional medical treatment, a Bush family spokesman said Sunday.

According to CNN, Bush is in failing health and has been suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, and congestive heart failure, for quite some time.

Longtime Republican political consultant Rick Wilson described Bush as "an icon" whose "fierce love for her family transcended politics". Bush has made a decision to stop seeking additional medical attention and instead will seek comfort care at home.

"She is surrounded by a family she adores and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving", the statement added.


George W. Bush, now 71 and the nation's 43rd president, served from 2001-09 and retired to Texas. In years past she has been hospitalized for Graves' disease, a thyroid condition, and bronchitis, a respiratory ailment.

Bush is one of only two first ladies who was also the mother of a president. And of her president son, she once said, "I may be the only mother in America who knows exactly what their child is up to all the time".

Eight years after she and her husband left the White House, Mrs. She is 92 years old. They were both hospitalized in January 2017, after he experienced a "shortness of breath" likely associated with pneumonia.

The couple met at a Christmas dance in 1941, when Barbara Pierce was 16 and George Bush was 17. Her father was the publisher of McCall's and Redbook magazines.

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