Barbara Bush Will No Longer Seek Medical Treatment After Hospitalizations

Saul Bowman
April 16, 2018

Former first lady Barbara Bush is in failing health and after a series of hospitalizations, she has decided not to seek further medical treatment, a family spokesman said Sunday.

Mrs. Bush, 92, has been hospitalized several times in Houston, Texas, over the past year to be treated for chronic pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure, her family has said.

CNN reported on Sunday that former First Lady Barabara Bush is in failing health.


Longtime Republican political consultant Rick Wilson described Bush as "an icon" whose "fierce love for her family transcended politics".

Barbara Bush, the wife of one USA president and the mother of a second, is in failing health and has chose to seek "comfort care" rather than further medical treatment. "She is surrounded by a family she adores and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving". She is the mother of George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States. She is only one of two first ladies in US history who was also the mother of another president.

Barbara Bush first met her husband-to-be at the age of 16; she was a schoolgirl and he was a student at an elite preparatory school in MA. She had heart surgery in 2009, and was operated on for an ulcer the year before. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams. They had six children and have been married longer than any presidential couple in American history. Bush had been hospitalized for bronchitis treatment in January 2017. Barbara Bush eschewed dying her hair, which ultimately turned white. 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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