Former First Lady Barbara Bush's health is failing

Barbara above in 1988 with her husband has been battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure

Bush has chose to stop seeking additional medical attention and instead will seek comfort care at home.

The short statement on Sunday did not indicate the nature of Bush's illness but said that she had had a series of recent hospitalisations.

"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.

Barbara Bush has been married to her husband for 73 years. McGrath said both are "calling constantly" for updates. But he has been well enough to make recent public appearances, incuding RodeoHouston. HISTORY Barbara Bush is the second woman in USA history to be both a wife and mother of a US president.

Throughout a long life in the public eye, Bush was a fierce advocate for her husband and sons, including former Florida governor and presidential candidate Jeb Bush.

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At 92 years old, Barbara Bush has been suffering for some time and has been in and out of the hospital multiple times in the last year while battling with COPD and congestive heart failure.

Former first lady Barbara Bush listens to a patient's question during a visit to the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. "He is the best - thoughtful and loving". Barbara Bush eschewed dying her hair, which ultimately turned white.

They traveled to Texas where the oil business dominated, first in Midland-Odessa, later to the Houston area where George found his love for politics.

She married George HW Bush in 1945.

Granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager posted a photo to Instagram earlier this week showing the four generations of Bush women.

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