Former first lady Barbara Bush in failing health

Former first lady Barbara Bush in failing health

A top NY doctor says former first lady Barbara Bush's decision to stop aggressive treatment for lung and heart disease at 92 is "a valiant one".

Barbara Bush is in failing health and will not seek additional medical care after a series of recent hospitalizations, a spokesman for the Bush family said Sunday.

The iconic woman decided over the weekend to seek comfort care in her home rather than seek further treatment at the hospital. Bush's current condition, she is known to suffer from congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

On Sunday, Bush Family spokesperson Jim McGrath said Mrs. "She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving". Bush stood with her husband as their son George W. was sworn in as the 43rd president.

Her pearls sparked a national fashion trend when she wore them to her husband's inauguration in 1989. Bush and those like her are the most courageous. Though she said at one stage that other families should have the opportunity of running and that "we've had enough Bushes", she later appeared in a campaign advert for Jeb in 2016. "She is in great spirits and she's a fighter". "We are grateful for her, she's the best grandma anybody could ever have", she said as she tried to contain her tears.

After the news of her failing health, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy have created a page where fans can leave their well wishes for the Bush family.