Former First lady Barbara Bush to discontinue medical treatment and spend time with family in their "comfort care"

Former First lady Barbara Bush to discontinue medical treatment and spend time with family in their "comfort care"

The 92-year-old former first lady made her decision after a series of recent hospital visits, a statement from the office of husband George HW Bush said.

The ailing former First Lady of the United States, Barbara Bush, has said no to further medical treatment and will instead spend the rest of her life with her family in their "comfort care," family spokesman Jim McGrath said Sunday.

A statement from the office of her husband, former US President George HW Bush, said that the 92-year-old had made her decision after being worn-out from a series of hospital visits of late, reported Fox News.

"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. 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 read.

"She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving," it continued.

She had played a pivotal role championing the cause of adult literacy among many others while she served the country as the first lady.

On the other hand, her husband, 93-year-old George HW Bush, is the longest-lived United States President. 

Bush has also suffered numerous health issues along with his wife, spending a significant amount of time in intensive care for pneumonia last year. Bush served as America's 41st president from 1989-93.

The former leader was released from a hospital back in April 2017 after being treated for a mild case of pneumonia and chronic bronchitis. A couple of months prior to that, he was admitted to Houston's Methodist Hospital for 16 days, also for pneumonia.

Back in 2015, the nation's 41st president was hospitalized after falling at his house in Maine and breaking a bone in his neck. In 2012, he spent Christmas in intensive care for a bronchitis-related cough and some other issues. Again, in December 2014, he was hospitalized in Houston for a week for shortness of breath.

The released statement did not reveal the nature of lady Bush's health issues but, for decades, she has been treated for Graves' disease, a thyroid condition. Her husband George suffers from a form of Parkinson's disease and uses a motorized scooter or a wheelchair for mobility. He has served as a CIA director, a congressman, and the vice president to President Ronald Reagan.


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