Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, speak before a college basketball game between Gonzaga and Duke in 2015. (David J. Phillip, File / 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 Sunday.
"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 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.
"It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failed health, without worrying 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 is one of the first two women who was also the mother of a president. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.
He married George H.W. Bush in 1945. They had six children and were 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 remained with her husband as her son George W. swore as president.
She is known for her 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 leukemia treatment and finally died in October 1953. She later said that the Dyed hair did not fit well and she attributed the color to the public perception of her as "everyone's grandmother".
Her pearls caused a fashion trend when she used them for her husband's inauguration in 1989. The pearls became synonymous with Bush, who later said he selected them to hide the wrinkles on his neck. The sincere admission only reinforced his sensible and realistic public image.
Her husband of 94 years has also had health problems in recent years.
In April 2017, the nation's 41st president was hospitalized in Houston for two weeks for a mild case of pneumonia and chronic bronchitis. He was hospitalized months earlier, also for pneumonia, spent some time in 2015 in a hospital in Maine, where he and his wife have a summer home in Kennebunkport, after falling and breaking a bone in his neck. In Houston in December 2014, he received treatment for shortness of breath and spent Christmas 2012 in intensive care for cough related to bronchitis and other problems.
Bush, who was president between 1989 and 1993, has a form of Parkinson's disease and uses a motorized scooter or a wheelchair for mobility. He also served as congressman, director of the CIA and vice president of Ronald Reagan.
Barbara Pierce Bush was born in Rye, New York. His father was the editor of the magazines McCall and Redbook. He married at age 19, while George Bush 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 is associated with local programs and has awarded more than $ 40 million to create or expand more than 1,500 literacy programs throughout the country.
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