For­mer first lady

Orlando Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Michael Graczyk

Bar­bara Bush is in “fail­ing health,” ac­cord­ing to a fam­ily spokesper­son, and won't seek ad­di­tional med­i­cal treat­ment.

HOUS­TON — For­mer first lady Bar­bara Bush is in “fail­ing health” and won’t seek ad­di­tional med­i­cal treat­ment, a Bush fam­ily spokesman said Sun­day.

“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,” spokesman Jim McGrath said in a news re­lease.

McGrath did not elab­o­rate on the na­ture of Bush’s health prob­lems. She has been treated for decades for Graves’ dis­ease, a thy­roid con­di­tion.

“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,” McGrath said. “She is sur­rounded by a fam­ily she adores, and ap­pre­ci­ates the many kind mes­sages and es­pe­cially the prayers she is re­ceiv­ing.”

Bush is one of only two first ladies who was also the mother of a pres­i­dent. The other was Abi­gail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.

She mar­ried Ge­orge H.W. Bush in 1945. They had six chil­dren and have been mar­ried longer than any pres­i­den­tial cou­ple in Amer­i­can his­tory.

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

She’s known for her white hair and her triplestrand fake pearl neck­lace.

Her 94-year-old hus­band also has had health is­sues 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, and spent time in 2015 at 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 was treated for short­ness of breath and spent Christ­mas 2012 in in­ten­sive care for a bron­chi­tis-re­lated cough and other is­sues.

Bush has a form of Parkin­son’s dis­ease and uses a mo­tor­ized scooter or a wheelchair for mo­bil­ity. He also served as a con­gress­man, CIA di­rec­tor and Ron­ald Rea­gan’s vice pres­i­dent.

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Bar­bara Bush, seen last year with for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush, won’t seek ad­di­tional treat­ment.

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