A statement put out by the family Sunday announced that former U.S. First Lady Barbara Bush, whose heart and lungs are failing, will decline further medical intervention in favor of “comfort care.” Her husband, former President George Bush, is also increasingly frail. It seems likely that the family’s public announcement will also become a public service: it is okay for a patient to end treatment when she decides to. The statement also expressed thanks for prayers offered on Mrs. Bush’s behalf. (Steve Gonzalez/Houston Chronicle)

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