Former first lady Bush in failing health

Jenna Bush Hager gave an update on her grandmother's condition Monday morning as she reported on a story from New Jersey for the Today show

The family spokesman released a statement Sunday that Barbara Bush is in failing health and has declined further medical care.

Both were hospitalized at the same time in January 2017 in Houston as Barbara Bush was diagnosed with viral bronchitis and George H.W. Bush was in intensive care with bacterial pneumonia.

"She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving", it continued.

The channel published it on Sunday following reports that the health of Mrs Bush is not good enough. She has been treated for decades for Graves' disease, which is a thyroid condition.

Family spokesman Jim McGrath has not provided the details on the status of Mrs. "And a reminder of just what a fabulous woman she is and what a great life they've lived and what a great life we've experienced and how much they've done for so many others, including her favorite topic, which is literacy". She also had a heart surgery in 2009 for a severe narrowing of her main heart valve and was hospitalised a year before that for surgery on a perforated ulcer. The former first lady also gave her name and support to Maine's only children's hospital, founded in 1985 - The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland. "I am very active in my foundation, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, as is George in his Points of Light", Mrs. Her husband, former President George H.W. Bush is with her, as are daughter Doro and sons Marvin and Neil.

Jenna Bush Hager says her grandmother, former first lady Barbara Bush, is resting comfortably with family members at her side. "Focusing on the family is the best place to start to make this country more literate, and I still feel that being more literate will help us solve so numerous other problems facing our society", she wrote in her 1994 memoir. Bush, made the announcement in a statement from Houston.

Along with her memoirs, she's the author of "C. Fred's Story" and "Millie's Book", based on the lives of her dogs.

Bush also revealed her secret for a long life: medical attention. The foundation partners with local programs and has awarded more than $40 million to create or expand more than 1,500 literacy programs nationwide. She has a loyal family and a world full of friends and acquaintances.

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