ARCHIVE – In this archive photo of March 29, 2015, former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara Bush, on the left, speak before a final regional college basketball game between Gonzaga and Duke at the NCAA basketball tournament in Houston. A family spokesman said on Sunday, April 15, 2018 that former first lady Barbara Bush has "health problems" and will not seek additional medical treatment. (David J. Phillip, Archive / Associated Press)
HOUSTON – Former First Lady Barbara Bush is in "health problems" and will not seek additional medical treatment, a spokesperson for the Bush family said.
"After a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Ms. Bush, now 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will focus on comfort care," she said. Spokesman Jim McGrath on Sunday 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 cardiac 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 ladies 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 for 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.
President Donald Trump's press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said in a statement Sunday night that "the prayers of the president and the first lady are with the entire Bush family during this time."
Bush is known for his white hair and triple-strand fake pearl necklace.
Her brown hair began to gray in the 1950s, while her 3-year-old daughter, Pauline, known to her family as Robin, underwent treatment for leukemia and finally died in October 1953. She later said that her dyed hair did not fit well and she attributed the color to the public's perception of her as "everyone's grandmother".
Her pearls sparked a national fashion trend when she wore them to her husband's inauguration in 1989. The pearls became synonymous with Bush, who later said he had 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 country 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. You have a form of Parkinson's disease and use a motorized scooter or wheelchair for mobility.
Before becoming president, he served as 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 partnered with local programs and had awarded more than $ 40 million as of 2014 to create or expand more than 1,500 literacy programs throughout the country.
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