Spokesman: Former first lady Barbara Bush in failing health - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Spokesman: Former first lady Barbara Bush in failing health

First Lady Barbara Bush poses with her dog Millie in 1990. (AP Photo/Doug Mills) First Lady Barbara Bush poses with her dog Millie in 1990. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)
  • RELATED LINKSMore>>

  • Things to know about former first lady Barbara Bush

    Things to know about former first lady Barbara Bush

    Sunday, April 15 2018 3:18 PM EDT2018-04-15 19:18:09 GMT
    Monday, April 16 2018 12:33 AM EDT2018-04-16 04:33:25 GMT
    (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File). FILE - In this March 29, 2015, file photo, former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara Bush, left, speak before a college basketball regional final game between Gonzaga and Duke, in the NCAA basketball tour...(AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File). FILE - In this March 29, 2015, file photo, former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara Bush, left, speak before a college basketball regional final game between Gonzaga and Duke, in the NCAA basketball tour...
    Things to know about former first lady Barbara Bush.
    Things to know about former first lady Barbara Bush.

By MICHAEL GRACZYK
Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) - Former first lady Barbara Bush is in "failing health" and won't seek additional medical treatment, a Bush family spokesman said Sunday.

"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," spokesman Jim McGrath said in a news release.

McGrath did not elaborate as to the nature of Bush's health problems. She has been treated for decades for Graves' disease, which is a thyroid condition, had heart surgery in 2009 for a severe narrowing of her main heart valve and was hospitalized a year before that for surgery on a perforated ulcer.

"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," McGrath said. "She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving."

Bush, who is at home in Houston, is one of only two first ladies who was also the mother of a president. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams, the nation's second president, and mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president.

Bush married George H.W. Bush on Jan. 6, 1945. They had six children and have been married longer than any presidential couple in American history.

Eight years after she and her husband left the White House, Mrs. Bush stood with her husband as their son George W. was sworn in as the 43rd president.

President Donald Trump's press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said in a statement Sunday evening that "the President's and first lady's prayers are with all of the Bush family during this time."

Bush is known for her white hair and her triple-strand fake pearl necklace.

Her brown hair began to gray in the 1950s, while her 3-year-old daughter Pauline, known to her family as Robin, underwent treatment for leukemia and eventually died in October 1953. She later said dyed hair didn't look good on her and credited the color to the public's perception of her as "everybody's grandmother."

Her pearls sparked a national fashion trend when she wore them to her husband's inauguration in 1989. The pearls became synonymous with Bush, who later said she selected them to hide the wrinkles in her neck. The candid admission only bolstered her common sense and down-to-earth public image.

Her 93-year-old husband, the nation's 41st president who served from 1989 to 1993, also has had health issues in recent years. In April 2017, he was hospitalized in Houston for two weeks for a mild case of pneumonia and chronic bronchitis. He was hospitalized months earlier, also for pneumonia. He has a form of Parkinson's disease and uses a motorized scooter or a wheelchair for mobility.

Before being president, he served as a congressman, CIA director and Ronald Reagan's vice president.

Barbara Pierce Bush was born June 8, 1925, in Rye, New York. Her father was the publisher of McCall's and Redbook magazines. She and George H.W. Bush married when she was 19 and while he was a young naval aviator. After World War II, the Bushes moved to Texas where he went into the oil business.

Along with her memoirs, she's the author of "C. Fred's Story" and "Millie's Book," based on the lives of her dogs. Proceeds from the books benefited adult and family literacy programs. The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy began during her White House years with the goal of improving the lives of disadvantaged Americans by boosting literacy among parents and their children. The foundation partners with local programs and had awarded more than $40 million as of 2014 to create or expand more than 1,500 literacy programs nationwide.

___

This story has been corrected to show George H.W. Bush is 93, not 94.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • InternationalMore>>

  • Australia: Admiral to become US ambassador to South Korea

    Australia: Admiral to become US ambassador to South Korea

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 8:56 PM EDT2018-04-25 00:56:51 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 9:00 PM EDT2018-04-25 01:00:39 GMT
    The Australian foreign minister says Adm. Harry Harris will become the next U.S. ambassador to South Korea instead of Australia.
    The Australian foreign minister says Adm. Harry Harris will become the next U.S. ambassador to South Korea instead of Australia.
  • Trump, Macron make a show as best buds but tussle over Iran

    Trump, Macron make a show as best buds but tussle over Iran

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 12:58 AM EDT2018-04-24 04:58:44 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 9:00 PM EDT2018-04-25 01:00:32 GMT
    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh). President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron pose for a photo in front of Mount Vernon, the home of President George Washington, in Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, Ap...(AP Photo/Susan Walsh). President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron pose for a photo in front of Mount Vernon, the home of President George Washington, in Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, Ap...
    A sit-down between President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron followed by a joint news conference highlight the business portion of the French leader's second day in Washington.
    A sit-down between President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron followed by a joint news conference highlight the business portion of the French leader's second day in Washington.
  • Trump backtracks on Syria after talks with French leader

    Trump backtracks on Syria after talks with French leader

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 5:56 PM EDT2018-04-24 21:56:43 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 8:59 PM EDT2018-04-25 00:59:42 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Washington.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Washington.
    One month ago President Donald Trump surprised many by announcing the U.S. would withdraw from Syria soon, but after talks with France's president he appears to have changed his mind.
    One month ago President Donald Trump surprised many by announcing the U.S. would withdraw from Syria soon, but after talks with France's president he appears to have changed his mind.
  • Government shutdown endNational politicsMore>>

  • Trump, Macron make a show as best buds but tussle over Iran

    Trump, Macron make a show as best buds but tussle over Iran

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 12:58 AM EDT2018-04-24 04:58:44 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 9:00 PM EDT2018-04-25 01:00:32 GMT
    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh). President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron pose for a photo in front of Mount Vernon, the home of President George Washington, in Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, Ap...(AP Photo/Susan Walsh). President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron pose for a photo in front of Mount Vernon, the home of President George Washington, in Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, Ap...
    A sit-down between President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron followed by a joint news conference highlight the business portion of the French leader's second day in Washington.
    A sit-down between President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron followed by a joint news conference highlight the business portion of the French leader's second day in Washington.
  • In big shift, Trump assesses Kim Jong Un as 'very honorable'

    In big shift, Trump assesses Kim Jong Un as 'very honorable'

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 11:45 AM EDT2018-04-24 15:45:55 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 8:59 PM EDT2018-04-25 00:59:59 GMT
    (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron during their meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron during their meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018.
    President Donald Trump says North Korea wants to hold a high-stakes meeting "as soon as possible" and he is praising Kim Jong Un as "very open" and "very honorable.".
    President Donald Trump says North Korea wants to hold a high-stakes meeting "as soon as possible" and he is praising Kim Jong Un as "very open" and "very honorable.".
  • Mystery grows over pro-Saudi tabloid: Embassy got sneak peek

    Mystery grows over pro-Saudi tabloid: Embassy got sneak peek

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 1:06 AM EDT2018-04-24 05:06:01 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 8:59 PM EDT2018-04-25 00:59:33 GMT
    (AP Photo/J. David Ake). A glossy magazine about Saudi Arabia is photographed in Washington, Monday April 23, 2018. The mystery behind the origins of a the pro-Saudi magazine that showed up on U.S. newsstands is growing amid revelations that the Saudi ...(AP Photo/J. David Ake). A glossy magazine about Saudi Arabia is photographed in Washington, Monday April 23, 2018. The mystery behind the origins of a the pro-Saudi magazine that showed up on U.S. newsstands is growing amid revelations that the Saudi ...
    The mystery behind the origins of a fawning pro-Saudi magazine that laid down a red carpet for Crown Prince Mohammed's visit.
    The mystery behind the origins of a fawning pro-Saudi magazine that laid down a red carpet for Crown Prince Mohammed's visit.
Powered by Frankly