Former first lady, Barbara Bush is in declining health and decided to end medical treatment for her life-threatening illness, instead choosing to focus on “comfort care.” The decision was made after a series of recent hospitalizations in the last year. She is now being cared for at her home in Houston and has decided she does not want to go back into the hospital.
At 92 years old, Mrs. Bush has been suffering for some time while battling with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, and congestive heart failure. She has been on oxygen for some time.
Mrs. Bush is the wife and mother of two presidents of the United States. Long considered among the most popular members of her famous family, she and her husband, George H.W. Bush, celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary earlier this year. They are the longest married couple in presidential history. She has dedicated her life post-White House life to the cause of literacy, and she and her husband have raised more than a billion dollars for charity since they left office.
Vanity Fair stated of Mrs. Bush –
“At a time when George Bush has slid almost fifty points in most polls in a little more than a year, Barbara Bush stands as close to universal popularity as any figure in American life. Her approval rating is forty, even fifty points higher than her husband’s, and she gets as many as eight thousand letters a month. Aides call her “the National Treasure”—”the treasure” for short—in sly tribute to the qualities that make her an awesome asset to her husband.”
Family spokesman Jim McGrath announced on Twitter that the decision to end additional medical treatment was made after consulting with her family and friends.
The full statement tweeted from McGrath reads –
“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.”
Statement by the Office of George H. W. Bush on the health of former First Lady Barbara Bush. pic.twitter.com/4csUS6IRKZ
— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) April 15, 2018
Her husband is now 93-years-old and the nation’s 41st president. People are generally aware that Bush Sr. suffers from a form of Parkinson’s disease that has him in a wheelchair; however, most were not aware of the former first lady’s health problems, which started about two years ago. The former President is currently struggling with Parkinson’s disease that forces him to use a wheelchair and made it difficult for him to speak. Her son is former president, George W. Bush. Now 71-years-old, the nation’s 43rd president retired to Texas after he left the White House in 2009. She is the only living wife of one former President and the mother of another former President.
Mrs. Bush’s health has deteriorated along with her husband’s and at one point both were hospitalized simultaneously forcing her to miss President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration.
“Throughout a long life in the public eye, Bush was a fierce advocate for her husband and sons, including former Florida governor and presidential candidate Jeb Bush.
She also defended them against detractors, from those who criticized her husband’s decision to raise taxes in 1990 to those who opposed her son’s decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003.
Her health deteriorated along with her husband’s. Both were hospitalized simultaneously — Mrs. Bush with “fatigue and coughing” — in the days leading up to President Trump’s inauguration last year and were unable to attend.
Just this month, the former first lady wrote about her husband in a note for the spring edition of Smith College’s alumnae magazine.
“I am still old and still in love with the man I married 72 years ago,” she wrote in the life updates section for the magazine.
Bush also revealed her secret for a long life: medical attention.
“I have had great medical care and more operations than you would believe,” she told the magazine. “I’m not sure God will recognize me; I have so many new body parts!”
She continued: “Also, George Bush has given me the world. He is the best — thoughtful and loving.”
The couple met at a Christmas dance in 1941, when Barbara Pierce was 16 and George Bush was 17. They got engaged right before he left to fight in World War II as a Navy pilot. After he returned on leave, she dropped out of Smith College, and the two married in January 1945.
Smith College awarded Barbara Bush with an honorary degree in 1989.”
Many Republicans have expressed their support and prayers for Mrs. Bush as she continues her battle at home. Meghan McCain tweeted of her love and prayers for the former first lady stating –
“I am sending all my love and prayers to the entire Bush family today – Barbara Bush is a woman of great strength, patriotism and an iconic first lady of our times who has touched and inspired countless lives.”
I am sending all my love and prayers to the entire Bush family today – Barbara Bush is a woman of great strength, patriotism and an iconic first lady of our times who has touched and inspired countless lives.
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) April 15, 2018
Current United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley spoke of how Mrs. Bush was a woman of great faith, great strength, and unwavering love, tweeting – “Prayers going up for a woman of great faith, great strength, and an unwavering love of country. Our country is better because of former First Lady Barbara Bush ”
Prayers going up for a woman of great faith, great strength, and an unwavering love of country. Our country is better because of former First Lady Barbara Bush ❤️🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/pewdIu2hjr
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) April 15, 2018