Jenna Bush Hager on grandmother Barbara Bush: 'She's a fighter'

Former first lady Barbara Bush

Bush is the wife of former President George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States who is now 93, and mother of 43rd President George W. Bush.

The office of former President George H.W. Bush released a statement, confirming after a "recent series of hospitalizations", she has decided against seeking additional medical help.

"She's a fighter. She's an enforcer", Ms Hager said.

Barbara has also been a fierce protector and advocate for her family, most recently, helping her son, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, with his presidential campaign in 2016. 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 main heart valve and was taken to hospital a year before that for surgery on a perforated ulcer. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams, the nation's second president, and mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president.

The former Barbara Pierce married George Herbert Walker Bush in 1945, shortly after the end of World War II when she was twenty years old.

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"She's with my grandpa, the man she's loved for over 73 years", said Hager.

"I'm not sure God will recognize me; I have so many new body parts!" she joked.

George H W Bush, the nation's 41st president, has also suffered health issues, and spent a period in intensive care for pneumonia a year ago.

"We are grateful for her", Hager said, fighting back tears. In Jan. 2017, they were both hospitalized for separate health issues and were unable to attend President Trump's inauguration.

Bush served as the country's first lady from 1989 to 1993, but also known for her work to promote literacy and reading.

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