On April 17, 2018, America was informed of some devastating news. The passing of former first lady Barbara Bush hit us hard.
"A former first lady of the United States of America and relentless proponent of family literacy, Barbara Pierce Bush passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the age of 92," the Bush family wrote in a statement.
Last Monday, the Bush family's spokesman, Jim McGrath, said that Mrs. Bush has decided to not seek medical treatment for her failing health.
According to another spokeswoman, Jean Becker, former president George H.W. Bush is "broken-hearted."
"Many of you are asking 'How is 41,'" his spokeswoman Jean Becker said in a statement. "He, of course, is broken-hearted to lose his beloved Barbara, his wife of 73 years. He held her hand all day today and was at her side when (she) left this good earth.”
The 92-year-old beloved woman has in and out of the hospital several times this year. She was suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, and heart failure, according to CNN.
COPD is a disease that affects a person's lungs and makes it difficult to breathe. Some symptoms include “a cough that produces a lot of mucus, shortness of breath, especially with physical activity, wheezing and chest tightness," according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Congestive heart failure is a condition where a patient's heart has difficulty pumping blood, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Recently, on Good Friday, she was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital for shortness of breath. She seemed to have gotten better and was released to go home. Just a couple days later, she began to get worse.
George and Barbara Bush have been married for 73 years, and she is known for her dedication to literacy. She and her husband have raised billions of dollars for charity since Mr. Bush left the office.
Please join us in praying for the Bush family during this difficult time. What impact did she have on your life? Let us know!