Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Barbara Bush in failing health

Barbara Bush in failing health

Jim McGrath issued a news release Sunday saying that following a recent series of hospitalizations and after consulting with her family and doctors, the 92-year-old former first lady has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care.

Mrs Bush is one of only two first ladies who was also the mother of a president. "Focusing on the family is the best place to start to make this country more literate, and I still feel that being more literate will help us solve so numerous other problems facing our society", she wrote in her 1994 memoir. In years past she has been hospitalized for Graves' disease, a thyroid condition, and bronchitis, a respiratory ailment.

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In 2000, her son George W. Bush, then the governor of Texas, was elected president. They were both hospitalized in January 2017, after he experienced a "shortness of breath" likely associated with pneumonia.

In retirement, former President George H.W. and Barbara Bush made Houston their home, often to the adulation of their fans whether it was sneaking a smooch on the Houston Texans kiss cam at NRG Stadium to tossing out the first pitch for the Houston Astros after President Bush broke his neck in 2015.

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Both husband and wife have dealt with deteriorating health in recent years. Her husband was president from 1989 to 1993. Barbara Bush eschewed dying her hair, which ultimately turned white.

All along, Barbara Bush has been regarded as an invaluable asset with a grandmotherly persona that could belie a forthright outspokenness. 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".

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