Barbara Bush, Former First Lady of United States, in Failing Health: Family Spokesperson

Former First Lady Barbara Bush in the White House East Room for an official White House portrait January 1992. Official White House portrait

Bush, who has been married to former President George H.W. Bush for 73 years, is being cared for at their home in Houston and does not want to return to the hospital, the report said. "Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment, and instead will focus on comfort care", read a statement released by her husband's office. In years past she has been hospitalized for Graves' disease, a thyroid condition, and bronchitis, a respiratory ailment. She is only the second first lady in American history whose her son also ascend to the nation's highest office, the other being Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.

One person wrote: "Barbara Bush was the first First Lady I remember and she was smart, strong and graceful".

The short statement did not indicate the nature of Mrs Bush's illness but said that she had had a series of recent hospitalisations. "She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving". The couple had six children.

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The nation's 41s president also was hospitalized in 2015 in ME, where he and his wife spend summers at their home in Kennebunkport, after falling at home and breaking a bone in his neck.

As first lady, from 1989 to 1993, she embraced the cause of universal literacy, and founded a foundation for family literacy.

Barbara Bush is the matriarch of a storied family of politicians, many of whom have Texas ties.

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