Former first lady Barbara Bush, reported on "healing health" this weekend, has decided not to seek further treatment and focuses on comfort at home.
The 92-year-old is in "great spirits" "And the family is grateful for" everyone's prayers and thoughts, "said her grandson Monday.
The Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a press release Sunday that" Mrs. Bush , now 92 years old, has decided not to seek further medical care treatment and will instead focus on comfort care "at home in Houston after consultation with her doctors and family.
McGrath did not underline the nature of Mrs Bush's health problems, but on Monday she said in recent years suffered from congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
She has also been treated for decades for Graves disease, a thyroid disease, had heart surgery in 2009 for a severe narrowing of her main heart valve and was at a pitalized one year prior to surgery on a perforated wound.
Jenna Bush Hager, an anchor on NBC's Today told the program Monday morning that her grandmother rested comfortably with her family. "She is a fighter. She is an enforcer," said Hager, using the family's nickname to her grandmother. "We are grateful to her for everyone's prayers and thoughts, and just because the world is better because she is in it."
"We are grateful to her. She is the best grandmother someone could have had … or have."
Mrs. Bush is one of only two first ladies who was also the mother of a president. The other was Abigail Adams, the wife of John Adams, the nation's vice-president and mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president.
Mrs. Bush was married to George H.W. Bush on January 6, 1945. They had six children and have been married longer than any presidential couple in American history. Eight years after she and her husband left the White House, Mrs. Bush was with her husband when his son George W. was sworn as the 43th President.
Hager said that the former president "Still says" I love you Barbie every night "describing their grandparents' relationship as" remarkable. "
Mr. McGrath said that Mrs. Bush was worried more about her family than herself. "It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the light of her failing health, and does not care for herself – thanks to her devoted faith – but to others," he said.
President Donald Trump's press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Sunday evening that "the prayers of the President and the First Judge are with the entire Bush family during this time."
Mrs. Bush is known for her white hair and her triple falsepearl necklace. Her brown hair began to turn gray in the 1950s, while her three-year-old daughter, Pauline, known for her family as Robin, was treated for leukemia and eventually died in October 1953. She later said that colored hair not so good out on her and credited the color to the public's perception of her as "every grandmother".
Her pearls constituted a national fashion trend when she carried them to her husband's inauguration in 1989. The beads became synonymous with Mrs. Bush, who later said she chose them to hide the wrinkles in her neck. The sincere admission has only strengthened its public image over the world.
Her 93-year-old man, the nation's 41th president, who served from 1989 to 1993, has also had health problems in recent years. In April 2017, he was hospitalized for two weeks in Houston for a mild case of pneumonia and chronic bronchitis. He was hospitalized months earlier, also for pneumonia. He has a form of Parkinson's disease and uses a motorized scooter or wheelchair for mobility.
Prior to becoming president, he served as a congressman, CIA director and Ronald Reagan's vice president.
Barbara Pierce Bush was born on June 8, 1925, in Rye, New York. Her father was publisher of McCall and Redbook magazines. She and George H.W. Bush married when she was 19 and while he was a young navy father. After World War II, the buses moved to Texas, where he entered the oil industry.
Along with her memos, she is the author of C. History of Peace and Millie's Book based on the life of her life. The proceeds from the books gave adults and family skills programs. The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy began during her white house for the purpose of improving the lives of disadvantaged Americans by increasing literacy among parents and their children.
The Foundation collaborates with local programs and has provided more than 40 million dollars from 2014 to create or expand more than 1,500 readers nationwide.