Barbara Bush in failing health: statement

16 April, 2018, 02:00 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Barbara Bush failing health and refusing medical treatment

Bush's office released a statement, confirming after a "recent series of hospitalizations", she has decided against seeking additional medical help and will instead focus on "comfort care".

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

Mrs. Bush is surrounded by her family and appreciates the messages and prayers she has been receiving.

Barbara Bush has been married to George H.W. Bush for 73 years. McGrath said both are "calling constantly" for updates.

Mrs Bush is one of only two first ladies who was also the mother of a president. But he has been well enough to make recent public appearances, incuding RodeoHouston.

Barbara Bush, wife of the 41st president and mother of the 43rd, is said to be in "failing health".

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Throughout a long life in the public eye, Bush was a fierce advocate for her husband and sons, including former Florida governor and presidential candidate Jeb Bush. Sunday it was announced she is in failing health.

She is also known for her sense of humor, once joking that her husband couldn't keep a job, but that, at least, he wasn't boring.

McGrath did not elaborate as to the nature of Bush's health problems. Her father was the publisher of McCall's and Redbook magazines. "He is the best - thoughtful and loving".

They traveled to Texas where the oil business dominated, first in Midland-Odessa, later to the Houston area where George found his love for politics. The two were married in 1945, while George H.W. Bush was on leave as a Naval officer in World War II.

Smith College awarded Barbara Bush with an honorary degree in 1989.

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