Former President George H.W. Bush Is In The Hospital After A Bad Fall & Neck Injury, But His Condition Is Stable
After celebrating his 91st birthday just last month, former President George H.W. Bush fell and broke a vertebrate in his neck while at his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, on Wednesday, according to CNN. His spokesman, Jim McGrath, told CNN "it is not life threatening" and that Bush was taken to a local hospital in Portland where he was in stable condition. Bush was never disoriented, and McGrath said they're not expecting any more treatment than a neck brace from the hospital stay, according to CNN. He also said, though, that Bush will stay in the hospital "as long as needed," according to The Guardian.
“But he is doing OK. He’s as tough as they get,” McGrath said in a statement, according to The Guardian.
Bush's granddaughter, Jenna Bush Hager, tweeted that the family is optimistic that he will heal easily. "Always touched by kindness: thanks for all of your thoughts+prayers for our dear Gamps," Hager tweeted. Several years ago, Bush revealed that he suffers from Parkinson's disease, which has left him unable to walk, according to CNN. He usually gets around via a wheelchair or a scooter. Previously, he was hospitalized for a week in December 2014 in Houston after being admitted for shortness of breath, according to USA Today.
The former president doesn't let any of that bog him down, though. Bush still holds the record for being the oldest living former president, according to USA Today. Even more adorable, he and wife Barbara are also the longest-married presidential couple: the two beat out John and Abigail Adams in 2000. They celebrated their 70th anniversary in January.
Despite his age and the Parkinson's, Bush is still quite the spitfire. He celebrated his 90th birthday by skydiving, according to the Boston Herald. Before the jump, he tweeted, "It's a wonderful day in Maine — in fact, nice enough for a parachute jump," according to USA Today. Bush celebrated his birthdays in the exact same fashion at 80 and 85, and wanted to finish out his ninth decade with one last jump. He was greeted by son and former president George W. Bush on the ground. (Bush is also the father of 2016 presidential hopeful and former Florida Gov. John Ellis "Jeb" Bush.) Bush's office said it was his eighth jump, starting with the one he made after the Japanese shot down his fighter plane over the Pacific Ocean during World War II on Sept. 2, 1944, according to USA Today.
Former presidential candidates, former Congressmen, and even Chelsea Clinton have wished Bush a quick recovery on Twitter.
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