Former first lady Barbara Bush, who was reported in “Failing health” over the weekend, is in “Great spirits” and the family is grateful for “Everybody’s prayers and thoughts,” her granddaughter said Monday.
Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a news release Sunday that “Mrs. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care” at home in Houston following consultations with her doctors and family.
Jenna Bush Hager, an anchor on NBC’s “Today” show, told the program Monday morning that Bush is resting comfortably with family.
Bush is one of only two first ladies who was also the mother of a president.
Eight years after she and her husband left the White House, Mrs. Bush stood with her husband as their son George W. was sworn in as the 43rd president.
McGrath said Bush was concerned more for her family than herself.
“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,” he said.
President Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said in a statement Sunday evening that “The President’s and first lady’s prayers are with all of the Bush family during this time.”
The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy began during her White House years with the goal of improving the lives of disadvantaged Americans by boosting literacy among parents and their children.