Barbara Bush

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Barbara Bush in Failing Health

April 15, 2018 - 3:11 pm

Dallas (1080 KRLD) - Former First Lady Barbara Bush is in failing health and is no longer receiving medical treatments, a spokesman for the family says. Jim McGrath released a statement Sunday, writing, "Following a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care."

Bush has been hospitalized several times over the past year for COPD and congestive heart failure.

Governor Greg Abbott released a statement, saying, "Barbara Bush has a character that is as big, inspiring and iconic as the State of Texas."

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, tweeted, "Prayers going up for a woman of great faith, great strength and an unwavering love of country. Our country is better because of former First Lady Barbara Bush."

She and George HW Bush have been married since 1945. Barbara Bush is now the oldest living first lady.

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