Barbara Bush in failing health, to 'focus on comfort,' family spokesman says

Barbara above in 1988 with her husband has been battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure

Barbara above in 1988 with her husband has been battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure

Former First Lady Barbara Bush is in failing health, according to a report on Sunday.

Most recently, she was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Good Friday suffering from shortness of breath. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care. Jim McGrath, who issued a statement, said that she is surrounded by a familyand appreciates the messages and prayers she's been receiving from people.

Her husband, George H.W. Bush, the nation's 41st president, is now 93 years old and struggling with a Parkinson's-like disease that forces him to use a wheelchair and makes it hard for him to speak.

Another son, Jeb, is a former governor of Florida who ran unsuccessfully for president in 2015 and early 2016, quitting after a series of lacklustre performances highlighted by tough skirmishes with then-candidate Donald Trump. She is surrounded by family at her home in Houston, Texas.


Bush holds a unique place in U.S. history. Her son, the 43rd United States president, is 71. She was also hospitalized after experiencing fatigue and coughing.

Bush, 92, is battling Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and congestive heart failure and has been hospitalized several times over the previous year.

"I have had great medical care and more operations than you would believe", she wrote. Bush read a children's book and introduced the patients to her dog during the visit. "He is the best - thoughtful and loving".

"One out of six Americans, literally, can not read above the fifth grade level - that's awful!", said Barbara when she made literacy her focal point while serving as First Lady of the United States. After he returned on leave, she dropped out of Smith College, and the two married in January 1945.

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