The grandmother of Democratic presidential hopeful, Barack Obama has fallen ill after a hip injury. Eighty-five year old Madelyn Payne Dunham has reportedly been fighting to be able to see her grandson through the election. According to the Associated Press, reports have suggested her condition at this point is highly critical.
Dunham, one of the first women in Hawaii to become a bank vice president, was instrumental in helping raise the senator, having been credited with helping him achieve his success. Dunham is the eldest of her three siblings and was born to a teacher and oil company clerk as reported by The Associated Press. She married Stanley Dunham in 1940, who served in World War II. Later, while living in Honolulu, the couple’s daughter, Stanley Ann met Barack Obama Sr., giving birth to Senator Obama in 1961.
Senator Barack Obama speaks of his grandmother, who he affectionately refers to as “Toot” in his memoir, Dreams of My Father. She will reportedly turn 86 on Sunday.