Former First Lady Barbara Bush's health is failing


"Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care", the statement put out by the family's spokesperson, Jim McGrath read.

The office of former president George H.W. Bush has released a statement regarding the health of former first lady, Barbara Bush.

CNN, quoting a source close to the family, reported that Bush is suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which makes it hard to breathe, and congestive heart failure. In years past she has been hospitalized for Graves' disease, a thyroid condition, and bronchitis, a respiratory ailment.

Barbara Bush, wife of the 41st president and mother of the 43rd, is said to be in "failing health".

McGrath said Mrs. Bush spent two days at Methodist Hospital earlier this month but decided not to return there when her health began to deteriorate.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley tweeted Sunday that Bush is "a woman of great faith, great strength, and an unwavering love of country".

The statement continued that she appreciated the well wishes she had received and that her family is close to her.

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Smith College awarded Barbara Bush with an honorary degree in 1989.

They married in 1945 and had six children, including future President George W. Bush, who is now a Dallas resident. As her husband's career began to flourish, Barbara remained family-centric, once saying, "At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal".

Early a year ago, they both spent time in separate rooms in the same Houston hospital, both being treated for breathing problems.

The beloved Bush family matriarch has had bouts of medical trouble in the past, when both she and her husband, the former president, were hospitalized.

"I'm not sure God will recognize me; I have so many new body parts!" she joked. "Cecilia and I ask all Texans to join us in praying for Barbara and the entire Bush family during this time". "He is the best - thoughtful and loving", she said.

Barbara Pierce Bush was born in Rye, New York.