Former First Lady Barbara Bush Critically Ill, Refuses Medical Treatment

Former first lady, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother Barbara Bush is 92 years old and in failing health. Bush has long battled chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure and at this time, she is refusing medical treatment in favor of being comfortable in her Houston, Texas home surrounded by loved ones.

According to The Daily Mail, the wife of former President George H.W. Bush has recently been hospitalized many times and is now choosing “comfort care” rather than continuing hospitalization and prescribed treatments.

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

Bush served as First Lady from 1989 to 1993 and previously she had served as Second Lady from 1981 to 1989 when her husband was elected Vice President. She married George H.W. Bush, who is currently 93, in 1945. Their marital union resulted in four children, the two most famous being former President George W. Bush and former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush. The couple has fourteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

During her time as First Lady, Bush worked hard to fight for the cause of family literacy and described it as “the most important issue we have.” She went on to inspire the creation for the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and founded “Mrs. Bush’s Storytime” which was a nationally syndicated radio series in which she read stories and spoke about literacy. Her interest in promoting literacy came about when her son, Neil was diagnosed with dyslexia which brought the previously misunderstood condition to light.

“I chose literacy because I honestly believe that if more people could read, write, and comprehend, we would be that much closer to solving so many of the problems that plague our nation and our society,” Bush said once in an interview.

The former first lady is currently being cared for and comforted by her beloved family members and we wish her only the best.


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