Grand­child: Bar­bara Bush ‘a fighter,’ in good spir­its

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HOUS­TON — For­mer first lady Bar­bara Bush, who was re­ported in “fail­ing health” over the week­end, is in “great spir­its,” and the fam­ily is grate­ful for “ev­ery­body’s prayers and thoughts,” her grand­daugh­ter said Mon­day.

Bush fam­ily spokesman Jim McGrath said Mon­day that she suf­fered in re­cent years from con­ges­tive heart fail­ure and chronic ob­struc­tive pul­monary dis­ease. She also has been treated for decades for Graves’ dis­ease, a thy­roid con­di­tion.

Jenna Bush Hager, an an­chor on NBC’s “To­day” show, told the pro­gram Mon­day morn­ing that Bush is rest­ing com­fort­ably with fam­ily.

“She’s a fighter. She’s an en­forcer,” Hager said, us­ing the fam­ily’s nick­name for Bush. “We’re grate­ful for her, for ev­ery­body’s prayers and thoughts, and just know the world is bet­ter be­cause she is in it.”

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