Former First Lady of United States Barbara Bush is in "failing health"

Barbara Bush knew how to have fun as first lady

The former first lady, who is also the mother of former president George W. Bush, "will instead focus on comfort care", the statement said on Sunday.

Mr Bush, the nation's 41st president, has also suffered health issues, and spent a period in intensive care for pneumonia past year.

"I am sending all my love and prayers to the entire Bush family today", she wrote.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush is in failing health, according to a family spokesperson.

She has been on oxygen for some time.

Her husband, George H.W. Bush, the nation's 41st president, is now 93 years old and struggling with a Parkinson's-like disease that forces him to use a wheelchair and makes it hard for him to speak. She is 92 years old.

Her other sons, former President George W. Bush and former Gov. Jeb Bush, have been in and out visiting her the past week. He is 93 years old and also has been in failing health in recent years.

She has always been considered the rock at the center of one of America's most prominent political families, as the wife of a president, the mother of another, George W. Bush, and the mother also of a former Florida governor and onetime presidential aspirant, Jeb Bush.

CNN has reported that she has been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (also known as COPD) and also congestive heart failure.

As first lady, from 1989 to 1993, she embraced the cause of universal literacy, and founded a foundation for family literacy.

Barbara Bush is the mother of former president George W. Bush, the country's 43rd president.

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