George HW Bush fractures neck, 'doing okay'

George HW Bush, president of the United States from 1989 to 1993, falls in his summer home and suffers neck fracture

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Former US president George HW Bush, the oldest living former president, has fallen and broken a bone in his neck according to a spokesman.

Bush, 91, the 41st president of the United States, fell over on Wednesday at his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, and was hospitalised.

“41 fell at home today and broke a bone in his neck,” spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement posted to Twitter. “His condition is stable - he is fine - but he’ll be in a neck brace.”

Matt Paul of the Maine Medical Center in Portland, confirmed that Bush’s condition was stable, but that he was being kept under observation.

“He was brought here earlier today and diagnosed with a fracture in his neck. He is in stable condition and will be wearing a neck brace,” the hospital’s spokesman said.

Paul added that doctors wish to keep the former president overnight, saying it was “too early to say when he will be released,” but that he is “doing OK… [and is] as tough as they get.”

Bush is currently battling Parkinson’s disease, and needs a motorised scooter or a wheelchair for mobility. He does not seem to be badly affected by the disease, however, as he celebrated his 90th birthday by undertaking a tandem parachute jump near his summer home.

Bush was succeeded in the political arena by his sons George W Bush, the 43rd president of the United States from 2001 to 2009, and Florida Governor Jeb Bush, a candidate for the Republican nomination for the 2016 presidential race.

The elder Bush, a Republican like his sons, was elected in 1988 and served one term as president, followed by Democrat Bill Clinton who won based on his promises to fix the US economy.

President during the 1991 Gulf War in Kuwait in which a US-led military coalition defeated Iraqi forces, Bush earlier served two terms as Ronald Reagan’s vice president and was a naval aviator in World War II.

Bush’s resume includes stints as a congressman, a UN ambassador, a US envoy to China and the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

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