Barbara Bush in failing health, source says

Barbara above in 1988 with her husband has been battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure

After a recent series of hospitalizations and consulting with her family doctors, the 92-year-old Bush family matriarch will no longer seek medical treatment, a family spokesman says.

The office did not elaborate on the nature of Bush's health issues.

Bush has been in and out of hospital recently and is now in "failing health", according to a family spokesman.

"She is surrounded by a family she adores and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving", the statement added. HISTORY Barbara Bush is the second woman in USA history to be both a wife and mother of a US president. In years past she has been hospitalized for Graves' disease, a thyroid condition, and bronchitis, a respiratory ailment. The Bushes, who have been married for 73 years, also have 4 other children. The other first lady was Abigail Adams.

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In retirement, former President George H.W. and Barbara Bush made Houston their home, often to the adulation of their fans whether it was sneaking a smooch on the Houston Texans kiss cam at NRG Stadium to tossing out the first pitch for the Houston Astros after President Bush broke his neck in 2015. Months earlier, he was a Houston's Methodist Hospital for 16 days, also for pneumonia. Barbara Bush eschewed dying her hair, which ultimately turned white.

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

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., tweeted that Bush "is a comfort to her friends & family teaching us all how to live full of faith, love & humor". After World War II, the Bushes moved to Texas where he went into the oil business.

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