Former First Lady Barbara Bush, who has been battling congestive heart failure, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and go home from a hospital to be "surrounded by a family she adores", according to a statement released Sunday by the office of former President George H.W. Bush.
Bush is the only living wife of one former President and the mother of another former President.
"I am sending all my love and prayers to the entire Bush family today", she wrote.
The statement did not specify what she has been treated for recently, but CNN reported she suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure. Her husband, the 41st United States president, is 93 years old.
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The former Barbara Pierce married George Herbert Walker Bush in 1945, shortly after the end of World War II when she was twenty years old.
People are generally aware that Bush Sr. suffers from a form of Parkinson's disease that has him in a wheelchair; however, most were not aware of the former first lady's health problems, which started about two years ago.
Barbara served as first lady during George H.W. Bush's presidency from 1989 to 1993. He is 93 years old and also has been in failing health in recent years.
Barbara Pierce Bush was born in Rye, New York. Governor Greg Abbott issued the following statement: "Barbara Bush has a character that is as big, inspiring and iconic as Texas". Proceeds from the books benefited adult and family literacy programs.