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Barbara Bush, Former First Lady and Mother of President, Declines Treatment

Barbara Bush, the wife of former President George H.W. Bush, served as the first lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993.

Barbara Bush, former First Lady and Mother of President George Bush is in “failing health”, but she will not seek any further medical treatment, a family spokesman confirmed Sunday.

Instead, according to the family spokesman Jim McGrath, the 92-year-old Barbara Bush will focus on comfort care from now on.

“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,” the statement read.

The statement further elaborated that she is among the family she loves and that she is appreciating the prayers and the messages she is receiving. It described that even in the times of her failing health, she has “been a rock”.

Her husband, George H.W. Bush, whom Barbara married in 1945 – back when he was 19 and she was 20 – is struggling with Parkinson’s disease. That disease has caused difficulties for him to speak, while also forcing him to a wheelchair.

Her son, George W Bush, was the 43rd President of the United States who served two consecutive terms in the Oval House from 2001 – 09. He is currently living a retired life in Texas.
Life of Barbara Bush

In addition to holding the honor of being the better half of the longest running Presidential couple in American history, Barbara Bush shares another honor: she is only one of the two First Ladies who was also a President’s mother.

The other lady was Abigail Adams, wife of second President John Adams, and mother of sixth President John Quincy Adams.

During her years in the White House, she started the ‘’Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy’’ to boost literacy among the American parents as well as their children. As of today, the foundation has partnered with numerous local programs, in addition to awarding $40million to either create or expand 1,500+ literacy programs all over the US.

She met with Bush Sr. back in 1941 back when she was only 16 and her future husband 17. Just before he left the US to fight in World War II, both got engaged. It was only after his return on leave that Barbara decided to drop out of Smith College and marry him in Jan 1945.

In honor of her lifelong services for the country, Smith College awarded Barbara Bush an honorary degree in 1989.

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