Jenna Bush Hager, the daughter of former President George W. Bush, says her grandmother Barbara is in “great spirits” after the family announced Sunday she is in failing health and will forgo medical treatment.
The former first lady, 92, “will focus on comfort care” after a series of hospitalizations, a statement from the office of George H.W. Bush said.
“She’s in great spirits and she’s a fighter, she’s an enforcer,” Hager said on NBC News’ “Today” show. “She reminded me not to believe everything you read. We’re grateful for her, for everybody’s prayers and thoughts and just know the world is better because she’s in it.”
Hager said the elder Bush is surrounded by family and is spending time with her husband.
“She’s with my grandpa, the man she’s loved for over 73 years. They are surrounded by family, but I think the fact that they’re together in this and he still says, ‘I love you Barbie,’ every night is pretty remarkable,” she said.
Though no specific illness was given by the Bush family in Sunday’s statement, Bush has battled chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure.