Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Former First Lady Barbara Bush In Failing Health, Not Seeking Further Treatment

Former First Lady Barbara Bush In Failing Health, Not Seeking Further Treatment

Barbara Bush, the United States former first lady, has declined further medical treatment for her "failing health" and the 92-year-old will spend her time in "comfort care", a family spokesman has said.

The statement did not indicate the nature of Bush's illness but said that she had had a series of recent hospitalisations.

The former First Lady announced through a family spokesperson Sunday that she is now focusing on "comfort care" and not seeking further medical treatment to extend her life.

He did not provide any details about Mrs. "It will not surprise 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", McGrath said in the initial statement.

Eight years after she and her husband left the White House, Mrs Bush stood with her husband as their son George W Bush was sworn in as the 43rd president.

While reporting on a story for NBC News' Today show on Monday, Hager said that her 92-year-old grandmother is surrounded by family during her final days. Abigail Adams, the wife of John Adams, the nation's second president, died before her son John Quincy Adams was elected president in 1824.

In her time in the spotlight, and with a love for literature, she founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and wrote two autobiographies, plus two books in the voices of family dogs, C. Fred and Millie.

Her husband, 94, also has had health issues in recent years. McGrath said both were "calling constantly" for updates.

She was hospitalized for bronchitis treatment in January 2017.

The couple have been married for 73 years.

He was treated months earlier, also for pneumonia.

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