Earlier this morning, news broke regarding the failing health of former First Lady Barbara Bush. Reports that emerged claimed that Bush, who is 92 years old, had made the decision to forgo pursuing medical treatment at the hospital, and instead opted out to receive care in her home in Houston, Texas. The former first lady has made multiple trips in and out of the hospital over the course of the last year, and has been on oxygen for some time, to help cope with her health-related challenges.
According to a CNN article quoting a statement released by Bush’s office:
‘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 prayers she is receiving.’
Bush suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, otherwise known as COPD, as well as having congestive heart failure. She was most recently admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital due to her shortness of breath, was released after her health began to improve, but in recent days it took an unfortunate turn for the worse.
Amidst the somber news and widespread media attention that came from Bush’s decision to abstain from hospitalized medical treatment, CBS News made a major faux pas, after publishing an article that read like an obituary.
Despite the fact that the title of the article very blatantly outlines not to publish the piece in all capital letters, it was nevertheless published by someone at the news organization.
Fortunately, the former first lady is still alive, and the article has since been removed. Bush has been a longtime advocate for literacy and education, and has also been an active philanthropist, raising over a billion dollars for charities alongside her husband, former President George H.W. Bush.
George and Barbara Bush have been married for an impressive 73 years, with the two having a strong bond with one another. Bush is also the only living woman who has been both the wife to a former president, as well as the mother to another.
Barbara Bush was the first First Lady I remember and she was smart, strong and graceful. At 92 I still think the same.
Praying for you Mrs Bush. You were from a simpler time.
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) April 15, 2018
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