Former President George H.W. Bush broke a bone in his neck when he fell at his home in Kennebunkport on Wednesday, according to an official statement made by his spokesman Jim McGrath. The 41st president was in stable condition but will have to wear a neck brace.
The minor accident happened at his summer home in Maine. He broke a vertebra in his neck but it was not life-threatening, McGrath told CNN. He was immediately taken to the hospital in nearby Portland where he is very stable, McGrath said.
McGrath dismissed rumors that the former president of the United States was disoriented due to the fall. They are not expecting a long stay at the hospital. He would, however, be treated with a neck brace.
41 fell at home in Maine today and broke a bone in his neck. His condition is stable — he is fine — but he'll be in a neck brace.
— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) July 16, 2015
Rep Tim Whelan offered prayers for the former president, speaking highly of him as the Nation’s 41st president and US Navy WWII fighter pilot. “Get well soon,” Whelan tweeted.
Prayers for health to our Nation's 41st President and US Navy WWII fighter pilot, George HW Bush. Get well soon, Sir. pic.twitter.com/dc9vwyTsMZ
— Rep. Tim Whelan (@TRWhelan) July 16, 2015
Some supporters have started sending the former president their wishes through Twitter. Everyone is wishing him a speedy recovery and including him in their prayers.
The Cabell County GOP wishes President George HW Bush a speedy recovery.
— Cabell County GOP (@cabellgop) July 16, 2015
Liberal democrat here, hoping George H. W. Bush has a speedy recovery. Get well soon, Prez!
— Birthday Boy (@AutoConcoct) July 16, 2015
@jgm41 Will keep him in our prayers for comfort and healing.
— Carol JansenD'Agnese (@SDScoop) July 16, 2015
@jgm41 Hope he's not too uncomfortable. Get well soon!
— Chris Keppler (@chris_keppler) July 16, 2015
— Michael Walter (@MichaelMWalter) July 16, 2015
@jgm41 prayers and thoughts for a speedy recovery. Get well soon Mr. President
— Janet Evans Webb (@Janet4Frisco) July 16, 2015
— Christie 🎀 (@Alexa__Bella) July 16, 2015
Mr Bush has just turned 91 in June. Several years ago, he made the public aware of his fight against a form of Parkinson’s disease. He was hospitalized in 2014 due to shortness of breathing. He was also hospitalized in 2012 due to bronchitis.
Mr Bush and his former first lady had been very busy last week. The couple was spotted at several events in Maine, meeting with watching Jeb Bush’s top donors. The 2016 presidential hopeful meanwhile has yet to give his statement as of press time.
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