Barbara Bush in failing health: statement

16 April, 2018, 01:58 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Former First Lady Barbara Bush in the White House East Room for an official White House portrait January 1992. Official White House portrait

Former First Lady Barbara Bush is in failing health, according to a family spokesperson.

McGrath said Mrs. Bush spent two days at Methodist Hospital earlier this month but decided not to return there when her health began to deteriorate.

Rep. Sean Maloney, D-N.Y., paid tribute to Bush as "a graceful First Lady who has dedicated her life to improving education and promoting literacy", while Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan called her "an incredible First Lady and a great American".

The short statement on Sunday did not indicate the nature of Bush's illness but said that she had had a series of recent hospitalisations. "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.

Barbara Bush is the mother of former president George W. Bush, the country's 43rd president.

The wife of the 41st USA president and the mother of the 43rd, Bush is only the 2nd woman in American history to hold the distinction of being a First Lady and First Mother. Abigail Adams was the wife of the second president, John Adams, and mother of the sixth president, John Quincy Adams. The couple had six children.


Barbara served as first lady during George H.W. Bush's presidency from 1989 to 1993.

Eight years after she and her husband left the White House, Mrs.

In April 2017, he was released from a hospital in Houston after being treated for two weeks for a mild case of pneumonia and chronic bronchitis.

The nation's 41s president also was hospitalized in 2015 in ME, where he and his wife spend summers at their home in Kennebunkport, after falling at home and breaking a bone in his neck. He also served as a congressman, Central Intelligence Agency director and Ronald Reagan's vice president. Her father was the publisher of McCall's and Redbook magazines.

Barbara Pierce Bush was born in Rye, New York. She was the first First Lady to throw out a pitch to open the baseball season when she threw out the first pitch at a Texas Rangers game when they were partially owned by her son, George.

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