Bush senior fell and fractured his C2 vertebrae earlier this week at his family home in the town of Kennebunkport, situated in northeastern Maine. He was urgently brought into the Maine Medical Center from Portland, about 50 miles away from his home, where he was treated until today.
His personal spokesman Jim McGrath broke news of his release through Twitter on Sunday, stating that:
“A very grateful President @GeorgeHWBush was discharged today from @MaineMed after four days of treatment for a fractured vertebrae.”
McGrath also announced the acccident the 41st United States president suffered on Wednesday, stating that despite the broken vertebrae George H.W. Bush did not suffer any neurological complications and was conscious at all times after the accident. His attending physician Dr. William D’Angelo told the press that he expected the former president to fully recover.
The former president was not subject to any kind of surgery, but was instead fitted with a medical brace to help the natural healing of the vertebrae.
Bush’s wife, Barbara Piece Bush, was also reportedly optimistic about her husband’s recovery chances, stating that slipping and falling would not be enough to end a former World Wat II pilot.
Exact details about the accident were not revealed to the press, though it is known the former president has lost his ability to walk and is now confined to a wheelchair or scooter.
George H.W. Bush is now 91 years old and is the oldest surviving US president, surpassing Jimmy Carter by a couple of months, and is also the last living president who was a veteran of World War II. He served two terms as Vice President of the United States under Ronald Reagan in the 80s, before being elected as the 41st President of the United States in 1988.
His presidency was marked by a turbulent foreign policy which saw United States military interventions against dictators Manuel Noriega in Panama and Saddam Hussein during the First Gulf War in Iraq, but was also subject to an increasing budget deficit and poor post-Cold War economic recovery. These factors ultimately lost him the possibility of re-election in 1992 as he lost to Bill Clinton.
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