Barbara Bush in failing health: statement

Cheryl Sanders
April 15, 2018

Former First Lady Barbara Bush has been battling health issues, but will no longer seek medical treatment.

CNN reported that she was suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure, and is being cared for at home in Houston.

The short statement on Sunday did not indicate the nature of Bush's illness but said that she had had a series of recent hospitalisations.

"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 reads.

Bush, 92, is battling Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and congestive heart failure and has been hospitalized several times over the previous year.

Her pearls sparked a national fashion trend when she wore them to her husband's inauguration in 1989. The candid admission only bolstered her common-sense and down-to-earth public image. She was being treated by bronchitis and the nation's 41st president was being treated for pneumonia.

She has been married to former president George H.W. Bush for 73 years - since 1945 - and the couple has six children. He is 93 years old and also has been in failing health in recent years. He also served as a congressman, Central Intelligence Agency director and Ronald Reagan's vice president. "Barbara Bush is a woman of great strength, patriotism and an iconic first lady of our times who has touched and inspired countless lives".

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