Former First Lady Barbara Bush in failing health: Family spokesman

Former First Lady Barbara Bush in failing health: Family spokesman

Jim McGrath issued a news release Sunday saying that following a recent series of hospitalizations and after consulting with her family and doctors, the 92-year-old former first lady has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care.

Her husband, George H.W. Bush, was the nation's 41st president, while her son George W. Bush, one of the couple's six children, was the 43rd president.

Barbara Bush, often known for her outspoken remarks and self-deprecating wit, was the US first lady from 1989 to 1993 when her husband was the country's 41st president. Abigail Adams was the wife of the second president, John Adams, and mother of the sixth president, John Quincy Adams.

The source said she is being cared for at her home in Houston and has decided she does not want to go back into the hospital. In years past she has been hospitalized for Graves' disease, a thyroid condition, and bronchitis, a respiratory ailment. Months earlier, he was a Houston's Methodist Hospital for 16 days, also for pneumonia.

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Bush also revealed her secret for a long life: medical attention.

Bush, who served as president from 1989 to 1993, has a form of Parkinson's disease and uses a motorized scooter or a wheelchair for mobility. Bush would travel the world representing the USA before turning their sights to The White House, first as the Vice President and Second Lady during the Ronald Reagan administration, then the 1988 Presidential election.

She continued: "Also, George Bush has given me the world". 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".

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