Barbara Bush’s End-Of-Life Decision Stirs Debate Over ‘Comfort Care’

(By Melissa Bailey and JoNel Alleccia for Kaiser Health News)

As she nears death at age 92, former first lady Barbara Bush’s announcement that she is seeking “comfort care” is shining a light — and stirring debate — on what it means to stop trying to fight terminal illness.

Bush, the wife of former President George H.W. Bush, has been suffering from congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to family spokesman Jim McGrath.

In a public statement Sunday, the family announced she has decided “not to seek additional medical treatment and will focus on comfort care.” Continue reading article here…

Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit national health policy news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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