Barbara Bush in 'failing health', declines medical care

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

Former first lady Barbara Bush has endured a series of hospitalizations and has made a decision to halt treatment for her failing health, according to a statement from her family Sunday.

Barbara Bush is the second woman in US history to be both a wife and mother of a USA president.

She has had a series of recent hospitalizations, but the family did not provide details about her condition. "She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving", the statement continued.

In January, Mrs. Bush and her husband were hospitalized at the same time.

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy began during her White House years, with a goal to improve the lives of disadvantaged Americans by boosting literacy among parents and their children.

She also defended them against detractors, from those who criticized her husband's decision to raise taxes in 1990 to those who opposed her son's decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003.

Jim McGrath issued a statement that the former first lady is in comfort care.

As reported, Barbara Bush is the 37th First Lady of the United States when her husband, George H.W. Bush, was President. She was also hospitalized after experiencing fatigue and coughing.

All along, Barbara Bush has been regarded as an invaluable asset with a grandmotherly persona that could belie a forthright outspokenness. She married at age 19 while George Bush was a young naval aviator. 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".

Granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager posted a photo to Instagram earlier this week showing the four generations of Bush women.

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