The Latest: Injuries like Bush's take 3-4 months to heal

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Posted: Jul 16, 2015 5:18 PM
The Latest: Injuries like Bush's take 3-4 months to heal

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The latest on former President George H.W. Bush, who fell at his summer home Wednesday and broke a bone in his neck (all times local):

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3 p.m.

The doctor treating former President George H.W. Bush for a broken bone in his neck says patients Bush's age typically take three to four months to heal from such an injury.

The 91-year-old Bush, the oldest living former president, remains hospitalized in fair condition a day after he injured himself in a fall at his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Dr. William D'Angelo said at a news conference Thursday at Maine Medical Center in Portland: "He's doing great, his spirits are good, and he's up and talking, and out of bed."

D'Angelo said the fracture to Bush's C2 vertebra — the second one below the skull — didn't impinge on his spine or cause neurological problems, and that it's expected to heal on its own.

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12:30 p.m.

The office of former President George H.W. Bush says he won't need surgery to repair a broken bone in his neck.

The 91-year-old Bush, the oldest living former president, remains hospitalized in fair condition a day after he injured himself in a fall at his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

His office says the fracture to his C2 vertebra — the second one below the skull — didn't impinge on his spine or cause neurological problems, and that it's expected to heal on its own. In a statement, his office says a "prolonged recovery period" at the hospital isn't anticipated.

Bush has a form of Parkinson's disease and uses a motorized scooter or a wheelchair for mobility. He is being treated at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, where a children's hospital is named for his wife.

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10:30 a.m.

A Maine hospital says 91-year-old former President George H.W. Bush is in fair condition after he fell and broke a bone in his neck.

The 41st president and oldest living former president fell on Wednesday at his summer home in Kennebunkport. A Bush spokesman says he's doing OK and is wearing a neck brace.

A hospital spokesman said Thursday morning that Bush was taken to Portland's Maine Medical Center early Wednesday afternoon. Spokesman Matt Paul would not release other details.

The hospital says it's premature to speculate about when he'll be released.

The Republican served two terms as Ronald Reagan's vice president before being elected president in 1988.