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Former first lady Barbara Bush declines further medical treatment

Press Trust of India  |  Houston 

Barbara Bush, the US former first lady, has declined further medical treatment for her "failing health" and the 92-year-old will spend her time in "comfort care", a family has said.

is being cared for at her home in and has decided she does not want to go back into the hospital. She has been on oxygen for some time, said.

The statement did not indicate the nature of but said that she had had a series of recent hospitalisations.

"Following a recent series of hospitalisations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care," McGrath said in a statement.

Her husband, former George H W is with her, as are daughter and Her other sons, former and former Jeb Bush, have been in and out visiting her the past week.

McGrath said she has been treated for decades for Graves' disease, which is a thyroid condition. She also had a in 2009 for a severe narrowing of her main heart valve and was hospitalised a year before that for on a perforated ulcer.

"It will not surprise those who know her that has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself thanks to her abiding faith but for others," McGrath said.

"She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving," he added.

Her husband, at 93, is the longest-lived US

George H W Bush, the nation's 41st president, has also suffered health issues, and spent a period in intensive care for last year. He suffers from a form of and uses a wheelchair.

The couple have been married for 73 years.

Their son, George W Bush, was elected president in 2000 and served two terms as the nation's

is the only woman to have seen both her husband and son sworn in as US president.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 17:35 IST