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Former US First Lady Barbara Bush in Failing Health

Former US First Lady Barbara Bush in Failing Health

Former First Lady Barbara Bush, who has been battling congestive heart failure, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and go home from a hospital to be "surrounded by a family she adores", according to a statement released Sunday by the office of former President George H.W. Bush.

The short statement on Sunday did not indicate the nature of Bush's illness but said that she had had a series of recent hospitalisations. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care. Jim McGrath, who issued a statement, said that she is surrounded by a familyand appreciates the messages and prayers she's been receiving from people.

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Barbara Bush first met her husband-to-be at the age of 16; she was a schoolgirl and he was a student at an elite preparatory school in MA. Bush would travel the world representing the US before turning their sights to The White House, first as the Vice President and Second Lady during the Ronald Reagan administration, then the 1988 Presidential election.

Eight years after she and her husband left the White House, Mrs. She had been treated in the past for the thyroid ailment known as Graves' disease. The Bushes, who have been married for 73 years, also have 4 other children.

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Just this month, the former first lady wrote about her husband in a note for the spring edition of Smith College's alumnae magazine. They married in 1945 while he was on leave from wartime service as a naval officer. She later said dyed hair didn't look good on her, the Associated Press reported, and credited the color to the public's perception of her as "everybody's grandmother". Abigail Adams was the wife of the second president, John Adams, and mother of the sixth president, John Quincy Adams.

Barbara Pierce Bush was born in Rye, New York. Proceeds from the books benefited adult and family literacy programs.

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