Former First Lady Barbara Bush in failing health: Family spokesman

Barbara Bush in failing health

Barbara Bush in failing health

Prayers and well wishes flood social media as the Bush family spokesperson announced the former first lady is suffering from failing health.

A family spokesman says former first lady Barbara Bush is in "failing health" and won't seek additional medical treatment. An outpouring of support for Mrs.

One person wrote: "Barbara Bush was the first First Lady I remember and she was smart, strong and graceful". Asked in 2010 about former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin - who sought the vice presidency in 2008 - Mrs Bush told an interviewer, "I sat next to her once, thought she was lovely, and I think she's very happy in Alaska, and I hope she'll stay there". In years past she has been hospitalized for Graves' disease, a thyroid condition, and bronchitis, a respiratory ailment.

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"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", said a statement from the office of her husband, former President George H.W. Bush. They had six children and have been married longer than any presidential couple in American history. Her husband was hospitalized the same day for shortness of breath, prompting his doctor to excuse him from President Donald Trump's inauguration two days later.

Bush is 92 years old. In 2000, her son George W. Bush, then the governor of Texas, was elected president. Months earlier, he was a Houston's Methodist Hospital for 16 days, also for pneumonia. Her father was the publisher of McCall's and Redbook magazines.

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