George Bush Sr in stable condition after breaking neck bone

Former President George H.W. Bush was in stable condition late Wednesday after breaking a bone in his neck in a fall at his Maine home, his spokesman said.

“He is fine – but he’ll be in a neck brace,” Spokesman Jim McGrath tweeted about the 41st president.

The Associated Press reported that Bush was being treated at Maine Medical Center in Portland, where a children’s hospital is named after his wife, Barbara. The medical center confirmed his condition was stable but said it was premature to speculate about when he’ll be released. It said Bush would be there at least overnight.
Bush, who celebrated his 91st birthday last month, is the oldest living former US president. He was hospitalized in Houston for about a week this past December for precautionary treatment after experiencing shortness of breath. He said he was “grateful to the doctors and nurses for their superb care” after his treatment there.

Health issues
In 2012, Bush spent nearly two months, including Christmas, at the same Houston hospital for treatment of a bronchitis-related cough and other issues. The former president also suffers from a form of Parkinson’s disease that has forced him to rely on a motorized scooter to get around.

Despite his health issues, Bush kept a long-standing promise to make a parachute jump on his 90th birthday in June 2014. A former World War II naval aviator, Bush also skydived on his 80th and 85th birthdays.

The Kennebunkport, Maine home where Bush’s fall took place is the former president’s summer home. He and Barbara live in Houston during the winter.

Bush, the father of former President George W. Bush and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush, was elected president in 1988 following two terms as Ronald Reagan’s vice president. After one term, highlighted by the success of the 1991 Gulf War, he lost to Democrat Bill Clinton amid voters’ concerns about the economy. He had previously served as a U.S. Congressman, CIA Director and ambassador to China.
Credit: AP/Foxnews.com

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