Former First Lady Barbara Bush, 92, has “decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will focus on comfort care” following a series of recent hospitalizations, according to a statement from the office of former President George H.W. Bush on Sunday. “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,” the statement reads. “She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving.”
A close aide to the family told CNN that Bush is in failing health and has been suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, and congestive heart failure, for quite some time.
Barbara and George H.W. Bush have been married for 73 years. She is the mother of former President George W. Bush and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
News of Bush’s bad health prompted an outpouring support.