NANCY Reagan is reportedly facing a new medical nightmare.
The 92-year-old former First Lady is suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which makes it difficult to breathe.
The debilitating disease recently forced her to cancel a charity lunch date with old pal Betsy Bloomingdale, according to the National Enquirer.
“It is a slowly progressive lung disease,” explained Dr. Samuel Jacobson, a pulmonary specialist based in Boca Raton, Fla. “Patients often die from other conditions complicated by COPD.”
The condition can prevent patients from performing even basic activities, such as walking, cooking or even caring for themselves.
“This is a relatively new medical problem for Nancy,” said an insider. “But it’s deeply disturbing, given her age and how frail she’s become.”
On May 9, Nancy appeared frail and shriveled when a nurse accompanied her to lunch with Larry King and his wife Shawn at a Beverly Hills restaurant.
And on June 5, a Nancy was photographed in a wheelchair as she commemorated the ninth anniversary of her husband Ronald Reagan’s death, placing roses at his grave site.
“After that, her health seemed to take a turn for the worse,” said the source.
Her deteriorating condition isn’t being helped by family members who are said to already be fighting over her $15 million estate.
“The kids should be spending more time with their mom and less time bickering,” noted the source. “They may not have much longer with her.”
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