Former first lady Barbara Bush, the 92-year-old wife of former President George H.W. Bush is in “failing health” and has decided not to seek anymore medical treatment after a long series of recent hospitalizations, a family spokesman announced on Sunday.
Mrs. Bush will “focus on comfort care instead,” a family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement.
“Following a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care. 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 read.
“She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving,” it continued.
McGrath did not elaborate on Bush’s health problems. For decades, she has been treated for Graves’ disease, a thyroid condition.
Statement by the Office of George H. W. Bush on the health of former First Lady Barbara Bush. pic.twitter.com/4csUS6IRKZ
— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) April 15, 2018
Fox News reports that Barbara Bush has been married to George H.W. Bush since 1945, when she was 19 and he was 20. They have six children, including former President George W. Bush.
The Bushes have been married longer than any presidential couple in American history and Barbara Bush is one of only two first ladies who was also the mother of a president. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.
The former first lady wrote Smith College’s alumnae magazine last month she’s “still old and still in love with the man” she married in 1945, the Boston Globe reported.
“I have had great medical care and more operations than you would believe. I’m not sure God will recognize me; I have so many new body parts! Also, George Bush has given me the world. He is the best — thoughtful and loving,” she said.
Barbara Pierce Bush was born in Rye, N.Y. Her father was the publisher of McCall’s and Redbook magazines. She married at age 19 while George Bush was a young naval aviator. After World War II, the Bushes moved to Texas where he went into the oil business.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley tweeted Sunday that Barbara Bush is “a woman of great faith, great strength, and an unwavering love of country.”
Prayers going up for a woman of great faith, great strength, and an unwavering love of country. Our country is better because of former First Lady Barbara Bush ❤️🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/pewdIu2hjr
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) April 15, 2018
We wish her the best and pray that she lives the rest of her life in comfort.