Former First Lady Barbara Bush's health is failing

Howard TerryApr 16, 2018

Former First Lady Barbara Bush is in failing health, according to a family spokesperson.

The Bushes have been married for 73 years.

The brief statement did not indicate the nature of Bush's illness but said that she had had a series of recent hospitalisations. "Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment, and instead will focus on comfort care", read a statement released by her husband's office.

Mrs Bush is the only woman to have seen both her husband and son sworn in as U.S. president.

The statement did not specify what she has been treated for recently, but CNN reported she suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure.

Barbara Bush is the second woman in US history to be both a wife and mother of a USA president.

Barbara Bush visits during round 2 of the 2016 Champions Tour Insperity Invitational, The Woodlands Country Club, The Woodlands, Texas. Her son George said that a "crowning achievement" of his father, who was fond of coming up with nicknames for friends and family, was anointing Barbara, "The Silver Fox". She was also hospitalized after experiencing fatigue and coughing.

"Barbara Bush is a woman of great strength, patriotism and an iconic first lady of our times who has touched and inspired countless lives".

"I have had great medical care and more operations than you would believe", she told the magazine.

All along, Barbara Bush has been regarded as an invaluable asset with a grandmotherly persona that could belie a forthright outspokenness.

The couple met at a Christmas dance in 1941, when Barbara Pierce was 16 and George Bush was 17. After he returned on leave, she dropped out of Smith College, and the two married in January 1945.

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