Former first lady Barbara Bush in failing health, declining further treatment

Casey Dawson
April 16, 2018

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

This is following a recent series of hospitalizations.

In a statement, the spokesman said Bush, 92, would instead focus on "comfort care" after consulting with doctors and family members. It also states that she is surrounded by her family during this time.

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

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Bush is one of only two first ladies who was also the mother of a president. They are the longest married couple in presidential history.

She was known for her trademark white hair, a trait that was born of tragedy when her brown hair began to gray in the 1950s, while her 3-year-old daughter Pauline, known to her family as Robin, underwent treatment for leukemia and eventually died in October 1953, according to the Associated Press. Months earlier, he was a Houston's Methodist Hospital for 16 days, also for pneumonia. He was hospitalized in Houston in December 2014 for about a week for shortness of breath and spent Christmas 2012 in intensive care for a bronchitis-related cough and other issues. He also served as a congressman, Central Intelligence Agency director and Ronald Reagan's vice president.

The Bushes have been married since 1945. Barbara Pierce was born in NY and met her future husband at age 16. 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". After World War II, the Bushes moved to Texas where he went into the oil business.

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