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Former First lady Barbara Bush 'in failing health'

Former First lady Barbara Bush 'in failing health'

Barbara Bush, the wife of one US president and the mother of a second, is in failing health and has made a decision to seek "comfort care" rather than further medical treatment.

Mrs Bush is one of only two first ladies who was also the mother of a president.

The source said she is being cared for at her home in Houston and has decided she does not want to go back into the hospital.

She has had a series of recent hospitalizations, but the family did not provide details about her condition.

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"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", the statement reads in part.

She married George H.W. Bush in 1945. She was being treated by bronchitis and the nation's 41st president was being treated for pneumonia.

Her husband, 94, also has had health issues in recent years. She was also hospitalized after experiencing fatigue and coughing. Bush would travel the world representing the USA before turning their sights to The White House, first as the Vice President and Second Lady during the Ronald Reagan administration, then the 1988 Presidential election. 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. Her son George said that a "crowning achievement" of his father, who was fond of coming up with nicknames for friends and family, was anointing Barbara, "The Silver Fox".

All along, Barbara Bush has been regarded as an invaluable asset with a grandmotherly persona that could belie a forthright outspokenness.