Failing health for former First Lady Barbara Bush

Erika Holt
April 15, 2018

Barbara Bush is in failing health and will not seek additional medical treatment, the Bush family spokesman announced Sunday.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush has been battling health issues, but will no longer seek medical treatment.

The office of her husband, former president George H.W. Bush, said Sunday the 92-year-old former first lady made the decision following a recent series of hospitalizations and after consulting with her family and doctors.

Mr McGrath says Mrs Bush is surrounded by "a family she adores" and appreciates the many kind messages and prayers she has been receiving.

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

She was hospitalized for bronchitis treatment in January 2017.

Both husband and wife have dealt with deteriorating health in recent years. Months earlier, he was a Houston's Methodist Hospital for 16 days, also for pneumonia. She was also hospitalized after experiencing fatigue and coughing. He also served as a congressman, Central Intelligence Agency director and Ronald Reagan's vice president.

All along, Barbara Bush has been regarded as an invaluable asset with a grandmotherly persona that could belie a forthright outspokenness. Barbara Bush eschewed dying her hair, which ultimately turned white. 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". They got engaged right before he left to fight in World War II as a Navy pilot.

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