Social media reacts to news of Barbara Bush's 'failing health'

Social media reacts to news of Barbara Bush's 'failing health'

Social media reacts to news of Barbara Bush's 'failing health'

Former first lady Barbara Bush's health is failing and she will not seek additional medical care, a spokesman for the Bush family said Sunday.

Bush, 92, "has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort and care", the spokesman said.

Bush was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on March 30 when she was suffering from shortness of breath, the source told CNN, adding that she was released about a week ago.

The 92-year-old former first lady, seen in 2012, has made a decision to no longer seek medical treatment.

The Bushes have been married for 73 years.

Barbara has also been a fierce protector and advocate for her family, most recently, helping her son, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, with his presidential campaign in 2016.

Bush became one of two women in US history whose husband and son became Presidents after George W. Bush's 2000 victory. He is 93 years old and also has been in failing health in recent years. And of her president son, she once said, "I may be the only mother in America who knows exactly what their child is up to all the time". The other first lady was Abigail Adams.

McGrath did not elaborate as to the nature of Bush's health problems.

As first lady, from 1989 to 1993, she embraced the cause of universal literacy, and founded a foundation for family literacy. She met George Herbert Walker Bush at a school dance in Greenwich, Connecticut, when she was 16. She has been treated for decades for Graves' disease, which is a thyroid condition. He was hospitalized months earlier, also for pneumonia, spent time in 2015 at a hospital in ME, where he and his wife have a summer home in Kennebunkport, after falling and breaking a bone in his neck.

She is surrounded by family at her home in Houston, Texas.

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