Bar­bara Bush to end hos­pi­tal treat­ment, go home for ‘com­fort care’

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Stephen Dinan

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.

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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.

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