Barbara Bush in 'Failing Health,' Won't Seek Additional Medical Treatment

Lester Mason
April 16, 2018

Former First Lady Barbara Bush is in "failing health" and has made a decision to not to seek additional medical treatment following a series of hospitalizations, according to a statement from a family spokesman Sunday afternoon. Bush: humble. Many have said she's a mighty presence, but at the same time, she and husband President George H.W. Bush are regular people. McGrath told KHOU that Mrs.

Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, held back tears as she talked about her grandmother's health on the "Today" show, where she is a correspondent, on Monday. George H.W. Bush, who has a form of Parkinson's disease and has suffered from respiratory difficulties, spent two weeks at Houston Methodist Hospital past year during a bout with pneumonia. She is only the second first lady in American history whose son also ascended to the nation's highest office, the other being Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams. The former President wrote in his book, "All the Best, George Bush:" "We are two people but we are one". McGrath said both are "calling constantly" for updates.

The brief statement did not indicate the nature of Bush's illness but said that she had had a series of recent hospitalizations.

Her work as first lady focused on promoting literacy and reading. She's in great spirits and she's a fighter. "I'm not sure God will recognize me; I have so many new body parts!" After he returned on leave, she dropped out of Smith College, and the two married in January 1945.


Barbara Pierce Bush was born June 8, 1925, in Rye, New York. Her brown hair began to gray in the 1950s when Robin became ill.

With hair that had turned white prematurely, Bush was known by family members as the "Silver Fox".

"We're grateful for her and for everybody's prayers and thoughts, and we know the world is better because she's in it", Bush Hager said.

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. Proceeds from the books benefited adult and family literacy programs. The foundation partners with local programs and has awarded more than $40 million to create or expand more than 1,500 literacy programs nationwide.

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