The nation is still mourning over the loss of beloved former First Lady Barbara Bush, who died on April 17, 2018.
It has been released an announcement in which was said that former first lady Barbara Bush’s grave will be placed next to her beloved daughter, “Robin” Bush who died when she was only 3 years old.
Robin was born in December of 1949. When she turned 3, her energy began to drain. Barbara was extremely worried so she called a doctor as she thought her daughter just had spring fever.
As he noticed the bruises on her body, the doctor took a sample of blood and sent the family home while it was being tested. The results came back and told a heartbreaking story.
Robin had Leukemia.
I had the privileged of meeting Mrs. Barbara Bush several times & was always charmed by her wit, joy & class. In her memory & the memory of Robin Bush we @DSM NA will contribute to the Leukemia & Lympoma Society of NJ gala honoring @ivycharmatz & encourage everyone to do the same pic.twitter.com/WIBxk7y38Y
— Hugh Welsh (@HughCWelsh) April 18, 2018
At that time, patients suffering from cancer had zero chances of surviving. The doctor told the family to just enjoy the rest of their time with her. Barbara remembered her saying, “My advice is to take her home, love her. In about two weeks, she’ll be gone.”
Barbara and George were determined to do everything within their power to save their daughter. They flew across the country to a hospital that was prepared to treat children with cancer. This was about ten years before St. Jude Children’s Hospital was founded.
They conducted painful bone marrow tests, blood transfusions, and put her through chemotherapy. Though the hospital made great efforts, Robin died seven months later, just before her 4th birthday.
“I was combing her hair and holding her hand. I saw that little body, I saw her spirit go,” Barbara recalled.
Robin’s body was donated for research after her death. In an interview with her granddaughter, Barbara said, “It made [George] and I feel that something good is coming out of this precious little life. And today, almost nobody dies of leukemia.”
Their deep sorrow switched to giving as the Bush family became active in the Leukemia Society of America. Barbara even visited St. Jude Children’s Hospital in 1991.
Barbara said she stopped mourning over her daughter a while ago, describing her as a “joy” and “an angel.”
“Because of Robin, George and I love every living human more,” she said.
Now after her passing, Barbara will be buried near the George H.W. Bush Library at Texas A&M. She will be laid to rest next to Robin.
Her invitation-only funeral will be held on Saturday, April 21 at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas.