Barbara Bush decides to stop her medical treatment, will seek 'comfort care'
Apr 15 2018 by Desiree Burns
Former first lady Barbara Bush is in failing health and after a series of hospitalizations, she has decided not to seek further medical treatment, a family spokesman said Sunday. "Focusing on the family is the best place to start to make this country more literate, and I still feel that being more literate will help us solve so numerous other problems facing our society", she wrote in her 1994 memoir.
The former Barbara Pierce married George Herbert Walker Bush in 1945, shortly after the end of World War II when she was twenty years old.
ET obtained a statement from the Bush family on Sunday, which was later also posted on Twitter, after she had been hospitalized several times in recent months. Abigail Adams was the wife of the second president, John Adams, and mother of the sixth president, John Quincy Adams. In Jan. 2017, they were both hospitalized for separate health issues and were unable to attend President Trump's inauguration.
Bush, who served as president from 1989 to 1993, has a form of Parkinson's disease and uses a motorized scooter or a wheelchair for mobility.
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Both Barbara Bush and her husband, who live in Texas, have confronted numerous medical difficulties in recent years. 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.
All along, Barbara Bush has been regarded as an invaluable asset with a grandmotherly persona that could belie a forthright outspokenness.
Eight years after she and her husband left the White House, she stood with her husband as their son George W. was sworn in as president.
"I have had great medical care and more operations than you would believe", she told the magazine.