In the latest update on her health, Barbara Bush, President George H. W. Bush’s wife of 73 years, has decided against further medical treatment despite her “failing health,” according to a statement issued over the weekend by Bush family spokesperson, Jim McGrath.
Based on a Sunday Huffington Post report, Barbara Bush has elected to receive “comfort care” for chronic health conditions at her Houston, Texas home. Bush, 92, is reportedly battling heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
According to a live report by CNN‘s Ann Cabrera, Bush’s family is honoring her request to “remain home” instead of undergoing further medical interventions in a hospital setting for COPD and heart failure. Days before Easter, Bush complained of breathing difficulties and was subsequently admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital.
After a time, the former first lady’s health improved during her hospital stay. Consequently, doctors discharged her to recover at home. Apparently, Barbara Bush’s health took a turn for the worse after a few days at her residence. McGrath confirmed rumors about Barbara Bush’s poor health and her wishes to remain at home among family as she rests.
“It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of failing health, worrying not for herself ― thanks to her abiding faith ― but for others. She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving.”
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump offered compassionate words for Mrs. Bush, according to a statement from the White House press secretary. Several politicians and journalists shared kind words of support for Barbara Bush on social media channels in the wake of news about her health distress.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 15, 2018
As always, Barbara Bush is a comfort to her friends & family teaching us all how to live full of faith, love & humor. Praying that she is comfortable & send love to President Bush & their family. https://t.co/Y02uohVFyD
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) April 15, 2018
Prayers going up for a woman of great faith, great strength, and an unwavering love of country. Our country is better because of former First Lady Barbara Bush ❤️???????? pic.twitter.com/pewdIu2hjr
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) April 15, 2018
Guys, let’s put partisanship and political gamenship aside, and please pray for Barbara Bush and her Family. She is a special lady who touched so many people’s lives and made our country and our world a little better.
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) April 15, 2018
First Lady Barbara Bush has touched lives around the world with her faith, grace, and humor. Sending my thoughts to the entire Bush family.
— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) April 15, 2018
WebMD draws a comparison between COPD and heart failure. While the treatments differ, the main symptoms patients present with are similar: “But both can make you short of breath when you do something physical, like exercise, climbing stairs, or walking for a long distance.”
The news about Barbara Bush’s health is developing.