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Former first lady Barbara Bush, 92, is seriously ill and she is no longer seeking medical treatment

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Former first lady Barbara Bush, 92, is seriously ill and she is no longer seeking medical treatment
  • Former first lady Barbara Bush is being cared for at her home in Houston, Texas
  • The 92-year-old is in 'failing health' and no longer wants medical treatment
  • Bush, who is married to former President George H. W. Bush, has been hospitalized several times recently, a family spokesman said
  • She is now focusing on 'comfort care' as she is surrounded by her family 
  • Barbara has been battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure, sources say

Emily Crane For Dailymail.com

Former first lady Barbara Bush is seriously ill and no longer wants to seek medical treatment.

The 92-year-old wife of President George H. W. Bush is being cared for at her home in Houston, Texas after deciding she does not want to remain in hospital.

Bush has been in and out of hospital recently and is now in 'failing health', according to a family spokesman.

'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,' the statement said. 

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Former first lady Barbara Bush, 92, is seriously ill and she is no longer seeking medical treatment

Former first lady Barbara Bush, 92, is seriously ill and she is no longer seeking medical treatment

'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.

'She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving.'

The former first lady has been battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure, a source close to the family told CNN.

She has been treated for decades for Graves' disease, which is a thyroid condition.

The Bushes have been married since 1945. They have been married longer than any presidential couple in American history.

Her husband, the 41st US president, is 93 years old. 

George H.W. is also struggling with an illness, vascular Parkinsonism, that has left him wheelchair bound and struggling to speak. 

He was hospitalized multiple times last year with bronchitis and pneumonia.

The Bushes were both hospitalized in January 2017 and were unable to make President Donald Trump's inauguration.  

The 92-year-old wife of President George H. W. Bush is now being care for at her Houston, Texas home. They couple are pictured above in May last year

The 92-year-old wife of President George H. W. Bush is now being care for at her Houston, Texas home. They couple are pictured above in May last year

The 92-year-old wife of President George H. W. Bush is now being care for at her Houston, Texas home. They couple are pictured above in May last year

Barbara, above in 1988 with her husband, has been battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure

Barbara, above in 1988 with her husband, has been battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure

Barbara, above in 1988 with her husband, has been battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure

Bush (above in 2013) has been in and out of hospital recently and is now in 'failing health', according to a family spokesman

Bush (above in 2013) has been in and out of hospital recently and is now in 'failing health', according to a family spokesman

Bush (above in 2013) has been in and out of hospital recently and is now in 'failing health', according to a family spokesman

BARBARA BUSH'S HEALTH CONDITIONS: 

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Also called COPD, this condition is a group lung diseases that block airflow and make it difficult to breathe.

Damage to the lungs from COPD can't be reversed and symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, or a chronic cough.

Congestive heart failure

Heart failure can occur when blood isn't being pumped around the heart as well as it should.

While treatment can help, the chronic condition can't be cured. 

Symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue and rapid heartbeat. 

Barbara is the mother of former President George W. Bush and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. 

The couple also have four other children, 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Bush is one of only two first ladies who was also the mother of a president. 

Eight years after she and her husband left the White House, Bush stood with her husband as their son George W. was sworn in as president.

During her life in the public eye, Barbara was always a fierce advocate of her husband and sons in the political arena.  

Barbara was second lady of the US when her husband was Vice President from 1981 to 1989. 

As first lady - between 1989 to 1993 - Barbara made her main focus literacy and became involved in a number of reading organizations. 

Barbara and George H.W. Bush married in January 1945 at the First Prsbyterian Church in Rye, New York

Barbara and George H.W. Bush married in January 1945 at the First Prsbyterian Church in Rye, New York

Barbara and George H.W. Bush married in January 1945 at the First Prsbyterian Church in Rye, New York

Bush has been in and out of hospital several times in the past year. The former first couple are pictured above during the Super Bowl on Houston last year

Bush has been in and out of hospital several times in the past year. The former first couple are pictured above during the Super Bowl on Houston last year

Bush has been in and out of hospital several times in the past year. The former first couple are pictured above during the Super Bowl on Houston last year

She eventually founded the non-profit Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, which is based in Florida, to help increase literacy levels nationwide. 

Well-wishers have been flowing in for Bush ever since news of her health deteriorating became known.

Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, tweeted: '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.'

Meghan McCain, the daughter of Senator John McCain, tweeted: 'I am sending all my love and prayers to the entire Bush family today - Barbara Bush is a woman of great strength, patriotism and an iconic first lady of our times who has touched and inspired countless lives.' 

 

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