Former First Lady Barbara Bush in ‘Failing Health,’ Won’t Seek Further Medical Treatment


Former First Lady Barbara Bush has decided not to seek further medical treatment after a recent series of hospitalizations, a statement from the family’s spokesman said.

The statement describes Bush in “failing health” and states that instead of seeking “additional medical treatment,” she “will instead focus on comfort care.”

The statement reads,

Following a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care. It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself — thanks to her abiding faith — but for others. She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving.

According to CNN, Bush is being cared for at her home in Houston and “has been on oxygen for some time.”

“Her husband, former President George H. W. Bush is with her, as are daughter Doro and sons Marvin and Neil. Her other sons, former President George W. Bush and former Gov. Jeb Bush, have been in and out visiting her the past week,” reports CNN.

Bush has been battling Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, and congestive heart failure. Her health issues reportedly began about two years ago.

Her husband of 73 years former President George H.W. Bush has been suffering from a rare condition called vascular Parkinsonism that causes similar damage to the brain as Parkinson’s Disease. He has had his fair share of health scares in the past couple years.  

The two had six children and have been married longer than any presidential couple in American history.

Bush’s granddaughter and anchor on NBC’s “Today” show Jenna Bush Hager told the program Monday that her grandmother is a “fighter” and is in “great spirits.” She said that the family is grateful “for everybody’s prayers and thoughts.”

“And just know the world is better because she is in it,” Hager added.

(Cover Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

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