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Barbara Bush in 'great spirits' after declining treatment

By Sommer Brokaw
Barbara Bush in 'great spirits' after declining treatment
Former first lady Barbara Bush attends an event at the Theodore Gibson Health Center of Miami-Dade College, in Miami on June 15, 2015. Bush is said to be in good spirits after declining further medical care amid failing health. File Photo by Gary I Rothstein/UPI | License Photo

April 16 (UPI) -- Former first lady Barbara Bush has been in "great spirits" since she declined medical treatment over the weekend amid failing health, granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager said Monday.

Bush Hager, an NBC News correspondent, said on Today Monday she and sister Barbara had spoken spoke with their grandmother late Sunday.

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"Barbara and I talked to her last night," she said. "She's in great spirits, and she's a fighter.

"She's an enforcer. She reminded me not to believe everything you read, so we're grateful for her, for everybody's prayers and thoughts, and just know the world is better because she's in it."

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Bush, 92, is the wife of George H.W. Bush, the 41st and oldest living former U.S. president. She's the mother of George W. Bush, the 43rd president.

The elder Bushes entered a Houston hospital around the same time, and Barbara was diagnosed with viral bronchitis -- while the 93-year-old former president was treated for bacterial pneumonia.

"She's with my grandpa," Bush Hager said Monday. "The man she's loved for over 73 years, but I think the fact that they're together and that he still says, 'I love you Barbie' every night is pretty remarkable."

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The former first lady has been in and out of the hospital several times in the past year for congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She is now at her Houston home, CNN reported.

Barbara Bush chose to decline more medical treatment and "focus on comfort care," family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement Sunday.

"She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving."

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