Houston (AP) – Former First Lady Barbara Bush is in "health problems" and will not seek additional medical treatment, a spokesperson for the Bush family said Sunday.
"After a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Ms. Bush, now 92 years old, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will focus on comfort care," he said. spokesman Jim McGrath in a press release.
McGrath did not elaborate on the nature of Bush's health problems. It has been treated for decades for Graves' disease, which is a thyroid condition, underwent heart surgery in 2009 for a severe narrowing of the main heart valve and was hospitalized a year earlier for the surgery of a perforated ulcer.
"It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her poor health, do not worry about herself, thanks to her permanent faith, but for others," McGrath said. "She is surrounded by a loving family, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving."
Bush, who is at home in Houston, is one of the first two women who was also the mother of a president. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams, the second president of the nation, and mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president.
Bush married George H.W. Bush on January 6, 1945. They had six children and have been married longer than any presidential couple in the history of the United States.
Eight years after she and her husband left the White House, Mrs. Bush was with her husband as her son George W. was sworn in as the 43rd president.
She is known for her white hair and triple-thread fake pearl necklace.
His brown hair began to gray in the 1950s, while his 3-year-old daughter Pauline, known to her family as Robin, received treatment for leukemia and finally died in October
1953. She later said that the dyed hair did not fit well and attributed the color to the public's perception of her as "everyone's grandmother."
Her pearls sparked a national fashion trend when she used them for her husband's inauguration in 1989. Pearls became synonymous with Bush, who later said he selected them to hide the wrinkles on his neck. Honest admission only reinforced their common sense and their realistic public image.
Her husband of 93 years, the 41st president of the nation who served from 1989 to 1993, has also had health problems in recent years. In April 2017, he was hospitalized in Houston for two weeks for a mild case of pneumonia and chronic bronchitis. He was hospitalized months earlier, also for pneumonia. He has a form of Parkinson's disease and uses a motorized scooter or wheelchair for mobility.
Before becoming president, he served as a congressman, director of the CIA and vice president of Ronald Reagan.
Barbara Pierce Bush was born on June 8. 1925, in Rye, New York. His father was the editor of the magazines McCall and Redbook. She and George H.W. Bush got married when he was 19 years old and when he was a young naval aviator. After World War II, the Bushs moved to Texas where they entered the oil business.
Along with her memoirs, she is the author of "C. Fred & # 39; s Story" and "Millie & # 39; s Book", based on the lives of her dogs. The book profits benefited adult and family literacy programs. The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy began during her years in the White House with the goal of improving the lives of disadvantaged Americans by boosting literacy among parents and their children. The foundation partners with local programs and has awarded more than $ 40 million to create or expand more than 1,500 literacy programs throughout the country.
This story has been edited to show George H.W. Bush is 93 years old, not 94.
[Editor notes: Eds: Corrects George H.W. Bush’s age to 93 instead of 94. Updates with Barbara Bush at home in Houston, background on her previous health issues, Abigail Adams background. With AP Photos.]