Jenna Bush on Barbara: 'She's a Fighter'

Granddaughter thanks well-wishers as Barbara Bush foregoes medical treatment
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2018 11:11 AM CDT
Barbara Bush in 2005.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

(Newser) – Barbara Bush is "in great spirits" following reports that the 92-year-old is no longer receiving medical treatment amid failing health, says granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager. "She's a fighter. She's an enforcer," an emotional Hager told NBC's Today show on Monday, per People. (See the clip here.) "We're grateful for her, for everybody's prayers and thoughts, and just know the world is better because she is in it."

The exact details of the elder Bush's health problems weren't specified, but family spokesman Jim McGrath said Monday that she has suffered from congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in recent years. And the AP notes that she also has been treated for the thyroid condition Graves' disease. "We are grateful for her," said Hager, adding that she and twin sister Barbara Pierce Bush spoke to their grandmother Sunday night. "She the best grandma anybody could have ever had—or have."

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