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Barbara Bush in failing health, won’t seek additional treatment

Posted at 1:34 PM, Apr 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-15 15:34:17-04

Former first lady Barbara Bush is in failing health and will not seek additional medical care after a series of recent hospitalizations, a spokesman for the Bush family said Sunday.

Bush, 92, will "instead focus on comfort care" for unspecified health complications, according to a statement.

Bush is the wife of former President George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States who is now 93, and mother of 43rd President George W. Bush. She is only the second first lady in American history whose her son also ascend to the nation’s highest office, the other being Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.

"It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself, thanks to her abiding faith, but for others," a statement from the office of George H.W. Bush said Sunday. "She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving."

Both Barbara Bush and her husband, who live in Texas, have confronted numerous medical difficulties in recent years. In Jan. 2017, they were both hospitalized for separate health issues and were unable to attend President Trump’s inauguration.

"Barbara and I are so sorry we can’t be there for your inauguration on January 20th. My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it likely will put me six feet under. Same for Barbara. So I guess we’re stuck in Texas," the former president wrote in a letter to Mr. Trump at the time. "But we will be with you and the country in spirit."

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