Residents react to Barbara Bush's health decline

By  | 

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX)- After recent series of hospitalizations and consulting her family and doctors, Mrs. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care.

The Bush family released a statement on Sunday that said she is surrounded by family she adores and appreciates the many kind messages and especially prayers she is receiving.

Barbara Bush had an impact on people here and the Brazos Valley. Guests at the George Bush Presidential Library described Mrs. Bush as a humble and inspiring woman.

"You know, just knowing all the charities and stuff she's done, she's inspired a lot and continues to make other first ladies come through and continue her legacy," said Ryan Roman, a resident of College Station.

"I just am so sad to hear that her health is declining," said Dorothy Caldrer, a resident of Austin who was visiting the George Bush Presidential Library on Sunday.

"They are very gracious people, I think, and have taught our country a lot about humility and honor and service to our country," added Calder.

Ryan Ramon said the pictures, videos, and memorabilia throughout the museum are reminders of how the former First Lady continues to inspire others.

"I just look at all of her accomplishments and these books and pictures here and just think of all the wonderful things she has done, I am just I'm just lost for words after hearing about it," said Ramon.

"I am very sad to hear that, I am a very big admirer of both of the Bush's," said Caldrer. "I do wish them well, I hope she recovers quickly, we're always praying for both of them."

The former First Lady has been receiving treatment for the thyroid condition Graves Disease. Early in 2017, she was hospitalized for bronchitis.

A family spokesman said Mrs. Bush is at home in Houston tonight with her husband of 73 years.