Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Former first lady Barbara Bush in failing health

Former first lady Barbara Bush in failing health

Politicians from both sides of the aisle took to social media Sunday afternoon to send messages of support to First Lady Barbara Bush, who a source close to her says is in declining health, according to CNN.

She 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.

The 92-year-old former first lady, seen in 2012, has chose to no longer seek medical treatment.

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Barbara Bush has been married to George H.W. Bush for 73 years. "Same for Barbara. So I guess we're stuck in Texas", the former president wrote in a letter to Mr. Trump at the time.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush is in "failing health", informed family spokesperson on Sunday.

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Her 94-year-old husband also has had health issues in recent years. She later said that dyed hair didn't look good on her and credited the color to the public's perception of her as "everybody's grandmother". She met George Herbert Walker Bush at a school dance in Greenwich, Connecticut, when she was 16. He was hospitalized months earlier, also for pneumonia, spent time in 2015 at a hospital in ME, where he and his wife have a summer home in Kennebunkport, after falling and breaking a bone in his neck.

The former President, who also served as vice president from 1981 to 1989, also broke a bone in his neck in 2015 when he fell at the family summer compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. She has also been treated for decades for a thyroid condition known as Graves' disease.

Following reports that she would not return to the hospital, but is resting on oxygen at her Houston home instead, numerous posts from notable figures began flooding Twitter, including Democrats and Republicans as well as prominent media personalities.

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