Barbara Bush's health is failing

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Former First Lady Barbara Bush, the wife and mother of two presidents, has made a decision to end medical treatment for a life-threatening illness.

It said that Mrs Bush, after consulting with relatives and doctors, had chose to "focus on comfort care" at the family home in Houston.

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She will now "instead focus on comfort care", according to reports. Jim McGrath, who issued a statement, said that she is surrounded by a familyand appreciates the messages and prayers she's been receiving from people.

She is the mother of George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States. She is the mother of former President George W. Bush and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

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George H.W. Bush has been in declining health over the last few years. At the time, she said she was more interested in running a household than in helping her husband run the country.

He missed President Trump's January 2017 inauguration after a bout with pneumonia left him in Houston Methodist Hospital. He was hospitalized months earlier, also for pneumonia, spent time in 2015 at a hospital in ME, where he and his wife have a summer home in Kennebunkport, after falling and breaking a bone in his neck.

As first lady from 1989 until the start of 1993, Bush was a popular national figure known for her sometimes blunt talk and self-deprecating wit.

ET obtained a statement from the Bush family on Sunday, which was later also posted on Twitter, after she had been hospitalized several times in recent months. She has been treated for decades for Graves' disease, which is a thyroid condition.

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