Former US First Lady Barbara Bush in Failing Health

Former First Lady Barbara Bush in the White House East Room for an official White House portrait January 1992. Official White House portrait

Former first lady Barbara Bush is in failing health, a source close to the Bush family tells CNN.

Bush is the mother of former President George W. Bush, 71, the 43rd U.S. president. She was the first First Lady to throw out a pitch to open the baseball season when she threw out the first pitch at a Texas Rangers game when they were partially owned by her son, George.

Most recently, she was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Good Friday suffering from shortness of breath. "Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care", the statement put out by the family's spokesperson, Jim McGrath read.

McGrath did not elaborate as to the nature of Bush's health problems.

Her 94-year-old husband also has had health issues in recent years. She was being treated by bronchitis and the nation's 41st president was being treated for pneumonia.

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She married George HW Bush in 1945.

In retirement, former President George H.W. and Barbara Bush made Houston their home, often to the adulation of their fans whether it was sneaking a smooch on the Houston Texans kiss cam at NRG Stadium to tossing out the first pitch for the Houston Astros after President Bush broke his neck in 2015.

All along, Barbara Bush has been regarded as an invaluable asset with a grandmotherly persona that could belie a forthright outspokenness.

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The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy began during her White House years with the goal of improving the lives of disadvantaged Americans by boosting literacy among parents and their children.

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