Bush broke a bone in his neck at his family’s compound in Kennebunkport, although the injury is not serious.
In a report on The Guardian, meanwhile, a hospital spokesman said George HW Bush was hospitalized on Wednesday afternoon. He said the injury was not uncommon in older people and that full healing typically took three or four months.
Despite having a form Parkinson’s disease which has him using a motorized scooter or wheelchair for mobility, Bush celebrated his 90th birthday with a tandem parachute jump.
The folks at Mable’s say everyone in the community is concerned for his wellbeing, not just because he is the oldest living former president, but because he is one of their neighbors.
The elder Bush, a Republican like his sons, served as vice president for eight years during Ronald Reagan’s two terms in the White House before being elected president, defeating former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis, the Democratic nominee, in 1988. The medical center said early Thursday he’s wearing a neck brace. A former president, a pilot during World War II, and several skydiving trips have indicated his tenacity and strength to overcome.
The hospital says it’s premature to speculate about when he’ll be released.
D’Angelo says Bush 41 was joined at the hospital by his wife Barbara and daughter, Dora.
A White House spokesman said President Barack Obama called Bush on Thursday morning to wish him a speedy recovery.
The father of fellow ex-president and namesake George W Bush and 2016 presidential contender Jeb Bush spent two months in hospital in 2012 and 2013, including a stretch in intensive care, for a bronchitis-related cough and associated fever.
Bush fractured the C2 vertebrae at the base of his skull, which D’Angelo describes as a “significant injury”.
He also served as Central Intelligence Agency director and ambassador to the United Nations in 1971.