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Barbara Bush in failing health, source says

Barbara Bush in failing health, source says

Bush would travel the world representing the USA before turning their sights to The White House, first as the Vice President and Second Lady during the Ronald Reagan administration, then the 1988 Presidential election.

Bush has been in and out of hospital recently and is now in "failing health", according to a family spokesman.

In a statement, the spokesman said Bush, 92, would instead focus on "comfort care" after consulting with doctors and family members.

"It 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", said the one-paragraph statement released by the office of George H.W. Bush. "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.

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Her other sons, former President George W. Bush and former Gov. Jeb Bush, have been in and out visiting her the past week.

Barbara Bush served as the country's first lady from 1989 to 1993. She had heart surgery in 2009, and was operated on for an ulcer the year before. The couple had six children. Bush had been hospitalized for bronchitis treatment in January 2017.

The nation's 41s president also was hospitalized in 2015 in ME, where he and his wife spend summers at their home in Kennebunkport, after falling at home and breaking a bone in his neck.

"I have had great medical care and more operations than you would believe", she told the magazine. She married at age 19 while George Bush was a young naval aviator. Barbara Bush eschewed dying her hair, which ultimately turned white. They got engaged right before he left to fight in World War II as a Navy pilot.