Barbara Bush in failing health, won't seek additional care

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The office of her husband, former president George H.W. Bush, said Sunday the 92-year-old former first lady made the decision following a recent series of hospitalizations and after consulting with her family and doctors.

Most recently, she was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Good Friday suffering from shortness of breath. 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.

Her husband, George H.W. Bush, was the nation's 41st president, while her son George W. Bush, one of the couple's six children, was the 43rd president.

Mr Bush, who served as U.S. president from 1989-93, suffers from a form of Parkinson's disease and uses a wheelchair.

"I have had great medical care and more operations than you would believe", she said.

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Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother to John Quincy Adams, was the first. The Bushes, who have been married for 73 years, also have 4 other children. She met George Herbert Walker Bush at a school dance in Greenwich, Connecticut, when she was 16. Bush had been hospitalized for bronchitis treatment in January 2017. 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.

Barbara Bush, who grew up in Rye, New York, has suffered from Graves' disease - a recurring thyroid condition - since the early 1990s.

The nature of her current health problems were not immediately disclosed, but the former first lady, who is now 92 years old, has been hospitalized a number of times over the past few years.

Shortly after the Bush family released its statement, Texas Governor Greg Abbott called on the state to pray for the entire Bush family.

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