Barbara Bush to end hospital treatment, go home for ‘comfort care’
Barbara Bush, wife and mother of former presidents, is in failing health and has decided not to seek care to prolong her life, her husband’s office said Sunday.
Mrs. Bush, 92, has been going through a series of hospitalizations but “has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care,” the office said in a statement.
“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,” the statement said.
Mrs. Bush is married to George H.W. Bush, who was the 41st president, serving from 1989 to 1993. Her son, George W. Bush, was president from 2001 to 2009.
Her family is with her in Houston, the statement said.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was among many who sent the Bushes their support via social media Sunday afternoon.
“Here’s to Barbara Bush — an American icon and Texas legend. Our prayers are with you,” Mr. Abbott wrote.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Sunday evening that “the President’s and first lady’s prayers are with all of the Bush family during this time.”
The statement did not describe Mrs. Bush’s health problems. She has had Graves’ disease, a thyroid condition, for decades. She had surgery in 2008 for a perforated ulcer and in 2009 for a narrowing of her main heart valve.
Former first lady Barbara Bush “has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort and care,” former President George H.W. Bush’s office said in a statement Sunday. She is 92.