Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Barbara Bush makes an end of life decision, stops medical treatment

Barbara Bush makes an end of life decision, stops medical treatment

Barbara Bush, the USA 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.

"Following a recent series of hospitalisations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs Bush has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care", McGrath said in a statement. According to a statement released by a family spokesman, CBS reported Bush is surrounded by family and the health complications are identified this morning as chronic pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure.

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.

"I believe America is going to be better off if every family establishes a culture of service to others", Bush said. She has also been undergoing a long-term treatment for Grave's disease, a life-threatening thyroid condition.

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She is the mother of George W. Bush, the 43rd USA president.

She has dedicated her life post-White House life to the cause of literacy, and she and her husband have raised more than a billion dollars for charity since they left office.

Barbara Bush was the 37th First Lady of the United States when her husband, George HW Bush, was President. Her husband is by her side, as are her children, Neil, Marvin and Dorothy.

His father was the 41st president.

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Mrs. Bush has become popular for wearing pearl necklaces during her public appearances.

"I am still old and still in love with the man I married 72 years ago", she said in her update.

Books have always been like members of the family for the Bushes. The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy began during her White House years with the goal of improving the lives of disadvantaged Americans by boosting literacy among parents and their children. The foundation partners with local programs and had awarded more than $40 million as of 2014 to create or expand more than 1,500 literacy programs nationwide.

Both Barbara Bush and her husband, who live in Texas, have confronted numerous medical difficulties in recent years.

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