Barbara Bush in 'Failing Health,' Won't Seek Additional Medical Treatment

Barbara Bush in 'Failing Health,' Won't Seek Additional Medical Treatment

Barbara Bush in 'Failing Health,' Won't Seek Additional Medical Treatment

Former First Lady Barbara Bush is in "failing health" and has chose to not to seek additional medical treatment following a series of hospitalizations, according to a statement from a family spokesman Sunday.

Jim McGrath, the spokesman for the elder former president and Mrs.

"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.

Maine Governor Paul LePage posted a tweet saying in part, "Barbara Bush is one of a kind, and she has been a wonderful friend and inspiration to so many people in Maine".

Bush is married to George H.W. Bush, 93, the oldest living former president of the United States.

Both were hospitalized at the same time in January 2017 in Houston as Barbara Bush was diagnosed with viral bronchitis and George H.W. Bush was in intensive care with bacterial pneumonia. Barbara Bush has always been considered the rock at the center of one of America's most prominent political families, as the wife of a president, the mother of another, George W. Bush, and the mother also of a former Florida governor and onetime presidential aspirant, Jeb Bush.

Husband George, the nation's 41st president, is now 93 years old and struggling with a Parkinson's-like disease that forces him to use a wheelchair and makes it hard for him to speak. (UPI). Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.

Bush also revealed her secret for a long life: medical attention.

Barbara Pierce Bush to Marvin and Pauline Pierce was born June 8, 1925, in Rye, New York. "They became engaged a year-and-a-half later, just before he went off to war as a Navy torpedo bomber pilot", according to the official White House biography.

She continued: "Also, George Bush has given me the world".

"I have had great medical care and more operations than you would believe", she told the magazine. "He is the best - thoughtful and loving".

The couple had six children, including a future president, and a little girl named Robin who died of leukemia at the age of 4.

The couple also has 17 grandchildren.

Y'all, my friend @claiborneswansonfrank took this photo of four generations, some of my most precious humans for her new book Mother and Child.

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

Barbara Bush served as First Lady during her husband's presidency from 1989 to 1993. The pearls became synonymous with Bush, who later said she selected them to hide the wrinkles in her neck.

Along with her memoirs, she's the author of "C. Fred's Story" and "Millie's Book", based on the lives of her dogs.

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 Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy has distributed tens of millions of dollars in grants.