Barbara Bush in 'failing health

Jenna Bush Hager gave an update on her grandmother's condition Monday morning as she reported on a story from New Jersey for the Today show

As first lady, from 1989 to 1993, she embraced the cause of universal literacy, and founded a foundation for family literacy. "She's in great spirits, and she's a fighter".

"We're grateful for her, for everybody's prayers and thoughts and just know the world is better because she's in it", Bush Hager said.

"We are grateful for her".

Former First Lady Barbara Bush is in "failing health" and has chose to not to seek additional medical treatment following a series of hospitalizations, according to a statement from a family spokesman Sunday afternoon.

Mr McGrath did not elaborate on the nature of Bush's health problems. She had heart surgery in 2009, and was operated on for an ulcer the year before.


At 92 years old, 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 Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, and congestive heart failure.

Sons Neil and Marvin and daughter Doro are also by their mother's side at the Bush residence. Abigail Adams, the wife of John Adams, the nation's second president, died before her son John Quincy Adams was elected president in 1824. Bush told an interviewer, "I sat next to her once, thought she was attractive, and I think she's very happy in Alaska, and I hope she'll stay there". They had six children and have been married longer than any presidential couple in American history.

Husband George H.W. Bush was at her bedside Sunday afternoon and holding her hand, according to McGrath.

Ms Hager said the former president "still says, "I love you Barbie" every night", describing their grandparents' close relationship as "remarkable". McGrath said both are "calling constantly" for updates.

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