Former President George H.W. Bush and father to Former President George Bush Jr, broke a bone in his neck in a fall at his Maine summer home on Wednesday.
The 91 year old remains hospitalized and in fair condition. He was never disoriented and the injury did not result in any neurological problems, his spokesman Jim McGrath said.
“It is a significant injury, but right now the President is in excellent shape, and we would anticipate that he would make a full recovery,” Dr. William D’Angelo, his attending physician at Maine Medical Center in Portland, said Thursday. “He is doing great. His spirits are good.”
“We are not expecting a long stay,” McGrath said, though he added Bush would be treated with a neck brace.
“The plan is to let this injury heal on its own without surgery,” McGrath said. “The president never lost consciousness, and the injury he sustained neither impinged on his spine nor resulted in any neurological deficits. He continues to have normal use of his limbs.”
President Barack Obama phoned the former President on Thursday morning to wish him a “speedy recovery” and extend his best wishes on behalf of him and the first lady, according to Eric Schultz, White House deputy press secretary.