Barbara Bush in failing health, surrounded by family

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Former First Lady Barbara Bush, the wife and mother of two presidents, has made a decision to end medical treatment for a life-threatening illness.

McGrath said Mrs. Bush spent two days at Methodist Hospital earlier this month but decided not to return there when her health began to deteriorate.

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

In a statement, the spokesman said Bush, 92, would instead focus on "comfort care" after consulting with doctors and family members.

Mrs. Bush is surrounded by her family and appreciates the messages and prayers she has been receiving.

Her other sons, former President George W. Bush and former Gov. Jeb Bush, have been in and out visiting her the past week. Her husband, the 41st USA president, is 93 years old.

She was known for her trademark white hair, a trait that was born of tragedy when her brown hair began to gray in the 1950s, while her 3-year-old daughter Pauline, known to her family as Robin, underwent treatment for leukemia and eventually died in October 1953, according to the Associated Press. The other first lady was Abigail Adams.

She and Former President George H.W. Bush have been married for 73 years and have both been dealing with health issues. Bush had been hospitalized for bronchitis treatment in January 2017.

Bush, who served as president from 1989 to 1993, has a form of Parkinson's disease and uses a motorized scooter or a wheelchair for mobility. They married in 1945 while he was on leave from wartime service as a naval officer. After World War II, the Bushes moved to Texas where he went into the oil business.