On Monday night, former first lady Barbara Bush was alert, having conversations, and enjoying bourbon. She died Tuesday night at age 92.
- On Monday night, former First Lady Barbara Bush was alert, having conversations, and enjoying bourbon despite her failing health.
- She died Tuesday night at age 92.
- Bush decided to forgo any more medical treatment and seek "comfort care" at home, surrounded by family.
The night before, Bush was alert and was having conversations — along with a glass of bourbon — despite her COPD making it difficult for her to breathe, a source close to the family told Jenna Gibson of CBS News.
A family spokesman said on Sunday that Bush was in "failing health" and would not seek additional medical treatment.
After a number of recent hospitalizations and consulting with her family and doctors, the 92-year-old chose to focus on comfort care instead.
"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," family spokesman Jim McGrath said in the statement. "She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving."
Along with COPD, Bush was battling congestive heart failure and was also treated for a thyroid condition known as Graves' disease since she lived in the White House.
She was a fixture of American politics and the Bush dynasty for decades.