Former First Lady Barbara Bush in failing health

In this file photo from Friday, March 18, 2005, former first lady Barbara Bush listens to her son, President George W. Bush, as he speaks on Social Security reform in Orlando, Fla. The wife of former President George H.W. Bush is in "failing health," a Bush family spokesman said Sunday, April 15, 2018, 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. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

Former First Lady Barbara Bush is in failing health and has decided not to seek additional medical treatment, according to family spokesperson Jim McGrath.

The 92-year-old matriarch has been hospitalized several times recently for congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. She is now seeking “comfort care” at home, McGrath says.

He adds that she is surrounded by “a family she adores.”

Mrs. Bush was first lady from 1989 to 1993, when her husband, George H.W. Bush, served as the nation’s 41st president. They have been married for 73 years.


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