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Spokesman: Former first lady Barbara Bush in failing health

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General Colin L. Powell, left, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, first lady Barbara Bush and Admiral Charles R. Larson, Commander in Chief, US Pacific Command, applaud as President George Bush finishes a speech on Kilo 8 Pier during the observance of the 50th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

HOUSTON (AP) — Former first lady Barbara Bush is in “failing health” and won’t seek additional medical treatment, a Bush family spokesman said.

“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,” spokesman Jim McGrath said Sunday in a news release.

McGrath did not elaborate as to the nature of Bush’s health problems. She has been treated for decades for Graves’ disease, which is a thyroid condition, had heart surgery in 2009 for a severe narrowing of her

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