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Bush family say former First Lady in 'great spirits'

By Michael Graczyk

Former US First Lady Barbara Bush is in "great spirits" and the family is grateful for everyone's prayers and thoughts, her granddaughter has said.

Mrs Bush was reported to be in "failing health" at the weekend.

Jenna Bush Hager, an anchor on NBC's Today show, told the programme that Mrs Bush (92) is resting comfortably with family.

"She's a fighter. She's an enforcer," Ms Hager said. "We're grateful for her, for everybody's prayers and thoughts, and just know the world is better because she is in it.

"We are grateful for her. She's the best grandma anybody could have ever had ... or have."

Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath said at the weekend that "Mrs Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care" at home in Houston following consultations with her doctors and family.

Mrs Bush has been treated for decades for Graves' disease, which is a thyroid condition, had heart surgery in 2009 for a severe narrowing of her main heart valve and was taken to hospital a year before that for surgery on a perforated ulcer.

Reports say she has also suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and has used an oxygen tank in recent years.

Mrs Bush is one of only two first ladies who was also the mother of a president. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams, the nation's second president, and mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president.

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