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George H.W. Bush releases update on his wife's ailing health — and it's not good

Former President George H.W. Bush released a statement concerning his wife's ailing health on Sunday, confirming Barbara is in failing health. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The office of former President George H.W. Bush released a somber update on his wife's health Sunday afternoon.

Former first lady Barbara Bush, whose health has been getting worse in recent years, is now in failing health and will focus on "comfort care" moving forward.

What did the statement say?

A family spokesman released the following statement:

Following a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care. It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself — thanks to her abiding faith — but for others. She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving.

As CNN noted, Mrs. Bush has been "suffering for some time," battling her ailing health in a series of lengthy hospitalizations. Bush suffers from COPD and congestive heart failure.

A source close to the Bush family said Mrs. Bush is being cared for at her home in Houston after deciding she does not want to return to the hospital.

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