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Former First Lady Barbara Bush In Failing Health, Not Seeking Further Treatment

Former first lady Barbara Bush looks on before game five of the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Minute Maid Park on Oct. 29, 2017, in Houston.

After a series of hospitalizations, former first lady Barbara Bush, 92, is focused on "comfort care," according to a statement released by the office of George H.W. Bush.

Bush is the wife of former President George H. W. Bush, and the mother of former President George W. Bush. She established the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy decades ago, promoting reading skills across America, particularly for young children.

She campaigned for her son Jeb during the 2016 election. She has been seen less frequently in public in recent months, although she continued to attend Houston Astros games. She sent an update to the Smith College alumni magazine for the Spring 2018 issue, telling the magazine she credited her long life to "great medical care and more operations than you would believe."

"I'm not sure God will recognize me; I have so many new body parts!" she joked.

"I am still old and still in love with the man I married 72 years ago," she said in her update.

Here's the full statement from the office of former President Bush:

"Following a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care. 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. She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving."

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