Former First Lady Barbara Bush has 'failing health', numerous reports say

Junie Sihlangu
Apr 16, 2018
04:11 A.M.
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Barbara Bush has been in and out of hospital according to reports. She’s been suffering from ill health for a number of years because of her struggle with Graves’ disease.


Pop Culture reported that a statement by her spokesman on April 15, 2018, has clarified that she will not be getting any more medical treatment. Her family is supportive of her in this decision.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush is currently dealing with ‘failing health’ at the age of 92. A recent statement by her spokesman, Jim McGrath, said that she would forgo further medical treatment.

The statement read, in part, that, ‘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.’


It was also revealed that she was surrounded by a family that she adored. Bush also appreciated the many kind messages and especially the prayers that she has been receiving.

According to CNN, Bush has been suffering from numerous health complications for a long time. She has been also been treated for decades for Graves’ disease, which is a thyroid condition, according to The Guardian.

‘Following a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care.’

Jim McGrath, NBC News, April 15, 2018


Sources close to the presidential family said that Bush had been in and out of the hospital numerous times in the past year. She is said to be dealing with COPD and congestive heart failure, along with other the ailments of old age.

Bush has been married to the former president, George H.W. Bush, for 73 years. She was born as Barbara Pierce in 1925 and she grew up in Flushing, New York.


She and George Herbert Walker Bush met as teenagers and were married in Rye, New York in 1945. The former First Lady gave birth to six children.

Her sons George W. Bush and Jeb Bush both went into politics like their father. Bush is the only living woman to be the wife of one former president and the mother of another.


She was the 37th First Lady of the United States. In her time in the presidency, she pursued the cause of universal literacy and founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

She called it "the most important issue we have." Throughout her life, she was a public servant and she continued working to break the cycle of generational illiteracy.

Bush has worked with numerous Republican groups in and out of Washington, starting when her husband first returned from World War II and entered politics. She also had an eye for historical preservation.

The former First Lady renamed the White House Preservation Fund to the White House Endowment Trust. She worked to revitalize the property as an iconic landmark.