Former First Lady Barbara Bush In Failing Health, Not Seeking Further Treatment

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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.

Former first lady Barbara Bush has been in "great spirits" since she declined medical treatment over the weekend amid failing health, granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager said Monday.

"She's a fighter. She's an enforcer", the TODAY contributor said. She is also the mother of Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida who ran for the USA president in 2016.

She has been treated for decades for Graves' disease, which is a thyroid condition. Abigail Adams, the wife of John Adams, the nation's second president, died before her son John Quincy Adams was elected president in 1824.

She is the only woman to see her husband and son sworn in as USA president. The couple had six children.

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"Barbara and I are so sorry we can't be there for your inauguration on January 20th". "It will not surprise 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 said in the initial statement.

The statement didn't elaborate on the former first lady's health problems, but she has been suffering from congestive heart failure, according to reports.

Both Barbara Bush and her husband, who live in Texas, have confronted numerous medical difficulties in recent years.

Mrs Bush's 93-year-old husband, the nation's 41st president, who served from 1989 to 1993, has also had health issues in recent years.

The Bushes have been married for 73 years.

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