Barbara Bush Recovers From Heart Surgery

March 5th, 2009 - 7:29 pm ICT by GD  

Barbara Bush Former US First Lady Barbara Pierce Bush is said to be “alert” after an open heart surgery was performed on her at Houston’s Methodist Hospital, a spokesperson from the Bush family, Jim McGrath, revealed. The 88-year old mother of former president George W. Bush was scheduled for surgery last week after doctors found that her heart’s aortic valve had begun to harden. She had complained of being short of breath. The operation lasted for ninety minutes and was reported to be uneventful. Mrs. Bush is expected to make a full recovery after this.

Mrs. Bush, wife of former President George HW Bush had a surgery last year to treat a perforated ulcer. The spokesman from the family, Jim McGrath, said that the operation was scheduled as a precautionary move after doctors found hardening on a part of the aortic valve of Mrs. Bush’s heart. The aortic valve was replaced with a biological valve in the successful operation. She is expected to spend the week in hospital and her husband, former President Bush, continues to be at her bedside. Mrs. Bush is reported to be resting comfortably after the operation and Mr. McGrath said she was “alert and funny” after the procedure.

Barbara Bush had been priceless in her husband’s campaigns for public office. As wife of the Vice-President she promoted literacy as her special cause and continued working for literacy even as the First Lady. She also became the Honorary Chairman of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and devoted herself to a number of other causes from AIDS to school volunteerism. She is now working on an autobiography and serves on the Boards of AmeriCares and the Mayo Clinic while continuing her contribution in the Barbara Bush Foundation.

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