Former first lady Barbara Bush declines further medical treatment

Barbara Bush in 'failing health

Barbara Bush in 'failing health

Former U.S. First Lady Barbara Bush is now in failing health but she will not seek additional treatment, according to the family spokesperson.

In the statement, McGrath says the 92-year-old is no longer in the hospital, but focusing on "comfort care" after consulting with doctors and family members.

Earlier previous year, they both spent time in separate rooms in the same Houston hospital, both being treated for breathing problems. "She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving", the office of former President George W. Bush said in a statement Sunday. The family spokesman, Jim McGrath, announced that Mrs.

Julie Finck, president of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, said the former first lady's passion for literacy awareness has touched many lives. Bush's health. However, he explained that the family has made a decision to focus on comfort care.

Her husband, former President George H.W. Bush is with her, as are daughter Doro and sons Marvin and Neil.

Her husband, at 93, is the longest-lived U.S. president.


Bush, who is at home in Houston, is one of only two first ladies who was also the mother of a president. Bush stood with her husband as their son George W. was sworn in as president.

"I am still old and still in love with the man I married 72 years ago", she wrote in the life updates section for the magazine. Bush donated the proceeds of the books to her charity, which is aimed to improve the lives of American families through literacy.

Most recently, she was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Good Friday suffering from shortness of breath. "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.

What a well-lived life it has been for Barbara Bush.

A source close to the Bush family tells ABC News she is suffering from heart and respiratory failure. "And know the world is better because she's in it". 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.

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