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Barbara Bush to focus on comfort care amid 'failing health,' spokesman says

Barbara Bush to focus on comfort care amid 'failing health,' spokesman says

Former US first lady Barbara Bush is seriously ill and no longer wants to seek medical treatment.

Barbara Bush, the 92-year-old First Lady, is in failing health and has now chose to stop receiving any further medical care, transitioning to "comfort care", according to a statement from the Office of George H.W. Bush.

Bush is battling Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and congestive heart failure and has been hospitalized several times over the previous year. She was also diagnosed with Graves' disease in the 1980s.

McGrath says Bush is surrounded by "a family she adores" and appreciates the many kind messages and prayers she's been receiving.

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

Family spokesman Jim McGrath on wrote on Twitter Sunday that the 92-year-old matriarch made the decision after consulting with her family and friends.




U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley tweeted Sunday that Bush is "a woman of great faith, great strength, and an unwavering love of country".

Her husband, 94, also has had health issues in recent years.

"Barbara Bush has a character that is as big, inspiring and iconic as Texas", the state's governor, Greg Abbott, said in a statement.

George H.W. Bush, who has a form of Parkinson's disease and has suffered from respiratory difficulties, spent two weeks at Houston Methodist Hospital previous year during a bout with pneumonia. "I'm not sure God will recognize me; I have so many new body parts!" They were both hospitalized in January 2017, after he experienced a "shortness of breath" likely associated with pneumonia.

"Barbara Bush was born Barbara Pierce on June 8, 1925, in New York City". "Cecilia and I ask all Texans to join us in praying for Barbra and the entire Bush family during this time". She later said that dyed hair didn't look good on her and credited the color to the public's perception of her as "everybody's grandmother".