Former first lady Barbara Bush is in "failing health" and will not seek additional medical treatment, a family spokesman has said. She is only the second first lady in American history whose her son also ascend to the nation's highest office, the other being Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.
The statement continued that she appreciated the well wishes she had received and that her family is close to her.
"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", the statement reads. In years past she has been hospitalized for Graves' disease, a thyroid condition, and bronchitis, a respiratory ailment.
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. Praying for you Mrs Bush.
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As first lady from 1989 until the start of 1993, Bush was a popular national figure known for her sometimes blunt talk and self-deprecating wit. He was hospitalized months earlier, also for pneumonia, spent time in 2015 at a hospital in ME, where he and his wife have a summer home in Kennebunkport, after falling and breaking a bone in his neck. The former President wrote in his book, "All the Best, George Bush:" "We are two people but we are one".
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She has dedicated her life post-White House life to the cause of literacy, and she and her husband have raised more than a billion dollars for charity since they left office.