For­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush breaks bone in neck in fall

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

PORT­LAND, ME,.— For­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush, at 91 the old­est liv­ing for­mer pres­i­dent, was hos­pi­tal­ized Thurs­day in fair con­di­tion af­ter break­ing a bone in his neck dur­ing a fall. Bush, the 41st U.S. pres­i­dent, fell on Wed­nes­day at his sum­mer home in Ken­neb­unkport but was do­ing OK and was wear­ing a neck brace, a Bush spokesman said. “41 fell at home in Maine to­day and broke a bone in his neck,” spokesman Jim McGrath tweeted on Wed­nes­day night. “His con­di­tion is sta­ble — he is fine — but he’ll be in a neck brace.” Bush was be­ing treated at Port­land’s Maine Med­i­cal Cen­ter, where a chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal is named for his wife. The med­i­cal cen­tre con­firmed his con­di­tion was fair but said it was pre­ma­ture to spec­u­late about when he’ll be re­leased. Bush, who has a form of Parkin­son’s dis­ease and uses a mo­tor­ized scooter or a wheel­chair for mo­bil­ity, has suf­fered other re­cent health set­backs. He was hos­pi­tal­ized in Hous­ton in De­cem­ber for about a week for short­ness of breath. He spent Christ­mas 2012 in in­ten­sive care at the same Hous­ton hos­pi­tal for a bron­chi­tis-re­lated cough and other is­sues.

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