After a series of health complications requiring hospitalizations, Barbara Bush  has decided she does not want to seek further medical help, only comfort care. According to a statement released by a family spokesman, CBS reported Bush is surrounded by family and the health complications are identified this morning as chronic pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure. She has been treated for decades for Graves’ disease, which is a thyroid condition.
She married George H.W. Bush in 1945, the 41st president of the United States who is now 93. They had six children and have been married longer than any presidential couple in American history. Barbara Bush’s brown hair began to gray in the 1950s while her 3-year-old daughter, Pauline, known to her family as Robin, underwent treatment for leukemia. She died in October 1953. She is only the second first lady in American history whose her son, 43rd President George W. Bush, also ascended to the nation’s highest office, the other being Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams. Eight years after she and her husband left the White House, Mrs. Bush stood with her husband as their son George W. was sworn in as president.
The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy began during her White House years, with a goal to improve the lives of disadvantaged Americans by boosting literacy among parents and their children. The foundation partners with local programs and had awarded more than $40 million as of 2014 to create or expand more than 1,500 literacy programs nationwide. “Focusing on the family is the best place to start to make this country more literate, and I still feel that being more literate will help us solve so many of the other problems facing our society,” she wrote in her 1994 memoir.
Both Barbara Bush and her husband, who live in Texas, have confronted numerous medical difficulties in recent years. In Jan. 2017, they were bothand were unable to attend President Trump’s inauguration. “Barbara and I are so sorry we can’t be there for your inauguration on January 20th. My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it likely will put me six feet under. Same for Barbara. So I guess we’re stuck in Texas,” the former president wrote in a letter to Mr. Trump at the time. “But we will be with you and the country in spirit.”
“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,” a statement from the office of George H.W. Bush said Sunday. “She is surrounded by a family she adores and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving.”
Known for her wit and wisdom, a strong defender of family and country….we send our prayers for comfort to this beautiful American woman to whom we owe many thanks.
Ref. CBS News via Houston Associated Press
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