Former First Lady Barbara Bush in failing health: Family spokesman


The office of her husband, former president George H.W. Bush, said Sunday the 92-year-old former first lady made the decision following a recent series of hospitalizations and after consulting with her family and doctors.

Just this month, the former first lady wrote about her husband in a note for the spring edition of Smith College's alumnae magazine.

Bush has been in and out of hospital recently and is now in "failing health", according to a family spokesman. "Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care", the statement said. It also states that she is surrounded by her family during this time.

Bush is the mother of former President George W. Bush, 71, the 43rd USA president. She has also been treated for decades for a thyroid condition known as Graves' disease. The Bushes, who have been married for 73 years, also have 4 other children. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams. Sunday it was announced she is in failing health.

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

Bush was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on March 30 when she was suffering from shortness of breath, the source told CNN, adding that she was released about a week ago.