Former first lady Barbara Bush in failing health, won't seek additional treatment

Former first lady Barbara Bush in failing health, won't seek additional treatment

Former first lady Barbara Bush has been in "great spirits" since she declined medical treatment over the weekend amid failing health, granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager said Monday.

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

"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.

"They are surrounded by family, but I think the fact that they're together in this and he still says, 'I love you Barbie, ' every night is pretty remarkable", she said.

As first lady, from 1989 to 1993, she embraced the cause of universal literacy, and founded a foundation for family literacy.


Barbara Bush has always been considered the rock at the center of one of America's most prominent political families, as the wife of a president, the mother of another, George W. Bush, and the mother also of a former Florida governor and onetime presidential aspirant, Jeb Bush. Abigail Adams, the wife of John Adams, the nation's second president, died before her son John Quincy Adams was elected president in 1824. "Same for Barbara. So I guess we're stuck in Texas", the former president wrote in a letter to Mr. Trump at the time. The couple had six children.

"Barbara and I talked to her last night, she's in great spirits and she's a fighter, she's an enforcer".

With her life relatively private, many were not aware of her health issues expect when publicized by media outlets, most recently on Good Friday when she was hospitalized for COPD and congestive heart failure. He suffers from a form of Parkinson's disease and uses a wheelchair.

"She's with my grandpa, the man she's loved for over 73 years".

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