Former First lady Barbara Bush 'in failing health'

Nellie Chapman
April 15, 2018

A statement released stated that Mrs.

The statement did not specify what she has been treated for recently, but CNN reported she suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure.

A second message read: "I am sending all my love and prayers to the entire Bush family today - Barbara Bush is a woman of great strength, patriotism and an iconic first lady of our times who has touched and inspired countless lives". In years past she has been hospitalized for Graves' disease, a thyroid condition, and bronchitis, a respiratory ailment.

Throughout a long life in the public eye, Bush was a fierce advocate for her husband and sons, including former Florida governor and presidential candidate Jeb Bush.

Bush is the only living wife of one former President and the mother of another former President.

The statement continued that she appreciated the well wishes she had received and that her family is close to her. He is 93 years old and also has been in failing health in recent years.

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"Barbara and I are so sorry we can't be there for your Inauguration on January 20th", Bush wrote at the time.

She married George H.W. Bush in 1945.

Former first lady Barbara Bush listens to a patient's question during a visit to the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. After leaving the White House, Barbara Bush and her husband retired to Houston.

"I have had great medical care and more operations than you would believe", she told the magazine.

Barbara Pierce Bush was born in Rye, New York. After World War II, the Bushes moved to Texas where he went into the oil business.

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