In a statement released Sunday, spokesman Jim McGrath said the former first lady is in comfort care. An outpouring of support for Mrs. Asked in 2010 about former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin - who sought the vice presidency in 2008 - Mrs Bush told an interviewer, "I sat next to her once, thought she was attractive, and I think she's very happy in Alaska, and I hope she'll stay there".
She has been treated for decades for the thyroid condition Graves' disease.
Barbara Bush, often known for her outspoken remarks and self-deprecating wit, was the USA first lady from 1989 to 1993 when her husband was the country's 41st president.
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 couple had six children.
Her husband, 94, also has had health issues in recent years. Her husband was president from 1989 to 1993.
The nation's 41s president also was hospitalized in 2015 in ME, where he and his wife spend summers at their home in Kennebunkport, after falling at home and breaking a bone in his neck.
The source said she is being cared for at her home in Houston and has decided she does not want to go back into the hospital. He also served as a congressman, Central Intelligence Agency director and Ronald Reagan's vice president.
Barbara Bush is the matriarch of a storied family of politicians, many of whom have Texas ties.
Barbara Pierce Bush was born in Rye, New York.
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