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Jenna Bush Hager on grandmother Barbara Bush: 'She's a fighter'

"We're grateful for her, for everybody's prayers and thoughts, and just know the world is better because she's in it."
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HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 29: Former first lady Barbara Bush looks on before game five of the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Minute Maid Park on October 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by David J. Phillip - Pool/Getty Images)

HOUSTON -- Jenna Bush Hager told her colleagues and the TODAY show audience Monday morning that her grandmother, former First Lady Barbara Bush, is resting comfortably with family members.

“She’s a fighter. She's an enforcer,” the TODAY contributor said.

“We’re grateful for her, for everybody’s prayers and thoughts, and just know the world is better because she’s in it.”

Over the weekend a spokesman for Bush told the public the former first lady, 92, had decided to end medical treatment for a life-threatening illness.

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Bush Hager, said, "She reminded me not to believe everything you read. We’re grateful for her, for everybody’s prayers and thoughts and just know the world is better because she’s in it."

She noted that her grandmother was with her grandfather, former president George H. W. Bush, "the man she's loved for over 73 years."

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"They are surrounded by family, but I think the fact that they’re together in this and he still says, ‘I love you Barbie,’ every night is pretty remarkable," she said.

Husband George H.W. Bush is at her bedside and holding her hand, spokesman Jim McGrath said over the weekend.

Sons Neil and Marvin and daughter Doro are also by their mother's side at the Bush residence.

Sons George and Jeb have visited her in the past week. McGrath said both are "calling constantly" for updates.

Bush Hager posted a photo late last week of four generations of Bush women.

Y’all, my friend @claiborneswansonfrank took this photo of four generations, some of my most precious humans for her new book Mother and Child. Out now @assouline

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