Jeb Bush Says This Is the Real Reason His Father Developed a Blood Infection After Barbara’s Death

They were married for 73 years, People explains — which is longer than most of us have been alive. Barbara and George H.W. Bush first met when she was 16 and he was 17, and she even claims to have married the first man to ever have kissed her. Even with Barbara’s recent passing, their love story won’t be soon forgotten.

Scarily enough, George H.W. landed in the hospital shortly after Barbara’s passing. And based on what Jeb shared at the funeral (page 5) this could be the real reason for the illness. (Don’t miss what Barbara’s last words to Jeb were too on page 6.)

1. When Barbara passed away, George was heartbroken

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Barbara Bush lived her 92 years to the fullest. | Sean Rayford/Getty Images

At 92, Barbara certainly lived a full life, and her legacy will live on forever. People reports she went through a series of hospitalizations starting in January 2017. And she died after announcing she would finally stop medical treatment and instead seek comfort care.

Though the announcement saddened many, Barbara herself was in “great spirits,” according to her granddaughter. And even as her health failed, Barbara’s faith kept her strong.

Next: Here are Barbara’s surprising feelings about death.

2. Death didn’t scare her, but for George, the loss weighed heavy

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The Bushes with their family. | Newsmakers/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Barbara didn’t fight the inevitable — and she also reportedly wasn’t scared of dying, either. The Washington Post reports it was 1953 when Barbara and George H.W.’s 3-year-old daughter, Robin, complained that she was tired. It wasn’t long before the doctors found the little girl had leukemia — and there was nothing anyone could do.

The family endured an unimaginable loss. And this, coupled with Barbara’s strong faith in God, made her feel like it was OK to pass on to the next life.

Next: Now that Barbara is gone, this is what happened to her husband.

3. George H.W. Bush was hospitalized a day after the funeral

George H. W. Bush looks at the casket with his daughter Dorothy “Doro” Bush Koch | Mark Burns – Pool/Office of George H.W. Bush via Getty Images

Just a day after Barbara’s funeral, George H.W. was admitted to a Houston hospital, the Houston Chronicle reports. The 93-year-old reportedly developed an infection that spread to his bloodstream. And CNN says his blood pressure was dropping so severely that many people didn’t know if he was going to pull through.

The good news is he’s responding to treatments — but infections in the blood can be seriously deadly. For this reason, he was put into intensive care.

Next: Blood infections like this don’t just come out of nowhere. 

4. George H.W. has a hidden condition that may have led to his infection

George H.W. Bush has been battling a form of Parkinson’s disease. | Pool/Getty Images

CNN reports George H.W. appears to be recovering from his infection — though it’s still unclear as to how it developed in the first place. WebMD gives us insight, however, into what could have possibly caused the infection.

George H.W. has a form of Parkinson’s disease, which is why he uses a wheelchair and an electric scooter to get around. And Dr. David Reuben tells the publication that people in their 90s with Parkinson’s have a higher risk of developing infections.

Next: Jeb says this may be why his father fell ill right after his mother. 

5. Jeb shared a powerful story that explains why his father may be sick

Jeb Bush comforts his father at Barbara’s funeral. | David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images

The Daily Caller notes Jeb delivered a powerful speech at his mother’s funeral. And he explained the last time his mother was in the hospital, his father “got sick on purpose” just to be with her.

“That is my theory. Literally a day later, he showed up with an illness,” Jeb recalled. And though George H.W. was dressed in a hospital gown and “looked like hell,” Barbara reportedly woke up and told him, “My, God, George. You are devastatingly handsome.”

Next: That’s not all Jeb said during the funeral. 

6. Jeb also says this is one of the last things his mother said to him

Jeb Bush was very close with his mother. | Joe Burbank/Pool/Getty Images

At the funeral, Jeb relayed another powerful story about his mother. He asked his mother if she was ready to pass on, and she reportedly said her faith in Jesus is what’s allowing her to move on from this world to the next, the Conservative Tribune says. “I don’t want to leave your dad but I know I will be in a beautiful place,” she told Jeb.

No matter what your personal religious preferences are, data suggests having faith in your life has numerous health benefits. As for Barbara, it certainly helped her here.

Next: We’re all holding out hope for George H.W. during this difficult time.

7. What does George H.W.’s future look like from here?

George H.W. Bush is being brave about the situation. | Brett Coomer – Pool/Getty Images

George H.W.’s recent hospital scare is particularly concerning for the rest of the Bush family. CNN reports his children were worried about how he would handle Barbara’s death. And so far, it looks like his broken heart may be affecting his immunity.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells the publication that after a massive loss such as this one, some data suggests your immune system can take a hit. Even so, George H.W. is asking everyone to “cross the Bushes off your worry list.” As he puts it, “we have faith in heaven, and we know that life will go on.”

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