EX-FIRST LADY BAR­BARA BUSH IS SAID TO BE IN FAIL­ING HEALTH

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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 as to the na­ture of Bush’s health prob­lems. She has been treated for decades for Graves’ dis­ease, which is a thy­roid con­di­tion, had heart surgery in 2009 for a se­vere nar­row­ing of her main heart valve and was hos­pi­tal­ized a year be­fore that for surgery on a per­fo­rated ul­cer.

ROBERT F. BUKATY, FILE/AP PHOTO

In an Aug. 22, 2013, file photo, for­mer first lady Bar­bara Bush lis­tens to a pa­tient’s ques­tion dur­ing a visit to the Bar­bara Bush Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal at Maine Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Port­land, Maine.

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