Jenna Bush Hager on grandmother Barbara Bush: 'She's a fighter'

Clay Curtis
April 17, 2018

Granddaughter of Barbara Bush, Jenna Bush Hager told NBC program Monday morning that Barbara Bush was resting comfortably with family.

Barbara Bush, the seriously ill wife and mother of presidents who has always been among the most popular members of her famous family, has chose to stop seeking medical treatment to prolong her life, a spokesman said on Sunday. The 92-year-old is instead focusing on comfort care.

According to CNN, about two years ago, Barbara was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure.

Hager said the former president "still says, "I love you Barbie" every night", describing their grandparents' close relationship as "remarkable". Bush told an interviewer, "I sat next to her once, thought she was handsome, and I think she's very happy in Alaska, and I hope she'll stay there".

Bush is being cared for at her home in Houston and has decided she does not want to go back into the hospital.

When the Bushes were back in ME the following summer, Mills says they invited her out to Walker's Point, not for a song or a walk this time but rather a hug.

Earlier, a statement was released by the family spokesperson reading that Mrs Bush had undergone series of hospitalisations. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams. Bush wrote to her in the fall of 2016 after her husband passed away from cancer. Her condition has worsened over the past year, leading to a recent series of hospitalizations.

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George W. Bush, now 71 and the nation's 43rd president, served from 2001-09 and retired to Dallas. They married in 1945 while he was on leave from wartime service as a naval officer.

She added, "She's with my grandpa, the man she's loved for over 73 years". She died in 2011.

The couple met at a Christmas dance in 1941, when Barbara Pierce was 16 and George Bush was 17.

"When you help a family member understand that death is part of life and you're following through with that wish, it helps that family understand and maybe come to terms better", Griffith said. Her father was the publisher of McCall's and Redbook magazines.

She continued: "Also, George Bush has given me the world".

Along with her memoirs, she's the author of "C. Fred's Story" and "Millie's Book", based on the lives of her dogs.

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