Barbara Bush in failing health: statement

Clay Curtis
April 16, 2018

Former US first lady Barbara Bush is in "failing health" after a series of hospitalizations and "has decided not to seek additional medical treatment", her husband's office said in a statement Sunday. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care.

As reported, Barbara Bush is the 37th First Lady of the United States when her husband, George H.W. Bush, was President.

Dana Perino, former White House press secretary under George W. Bush and host of Fox News' "The Daily Briefing", tweeted: "Barbara Bush has taught us all so much". The other first lady was Abigail Adams.

The nature of her current health problems were not immediately disclosed, but the former first lady, who is now 92 years old, has been hospitalized a number of times over the past few years.

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The spokesman said Bush is "surrounded by a family she adores" and appreciates the messages and prayers she's received.

She's known for her white hair and her triple-strand fake pearl necklace.

Husband George, the nation's 41st president, is now 93 years old and struggling with a Parkinson's-like disease that forces him to use a wheelchair and makes it hard for him to speak. In Houston in December 2014, he was treated for shortness of breath and spent Christmas 2012 in intensive care for a bronchitis-related cough and other issues.

Husband George H.W. Bush is at her bedside and holding her hand, according to McGrath. He is 93 years old and also has been in failing health in recent years. Barbara Pierce was born in NY and met her future husband at age 16. Proceeds from the books benefited adult and family literacy programs. Her son George said that a "crowning achievement" of his father, who was fond of coming up with nicknames for friends and family, was anointing Barbara, "The Silver Fox".

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