In a statement released by family spokesperson Jim McGrath, Barbara Bush has decided to no longer seek medical treatment following a recent series of hospitalizations. Bush will now focus on comfort care as she deals with her failing health.
"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,” McGrath wrote. “She is surrounded by a family she adores and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving.”
While we are aware of the Parkinson’s-like disease impacting her husband and 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush, there is some uncertainty surrounding the medical condition that Barbara has. CNN reports that she has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, as well as congestive heart failure.
Over the last year, the former First Lady has been in and out of the hospital and was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital late last month amid complaints of shortness of breath. Bush's health issues forced her to miss Trump’s inauguration after she was hospitalized for “fatigue and coughing.” She was reportedly feeling better this past week, but things started to regress over the past few days.