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George H. W. Bush breaks neck bone in fall, condition stable


Former President George H.W. Bush was listed as stable in a Portland, Maine, hospital and will be in a neck brace after he fell at his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, and broke a bone in his neck, the hospital and a spokesman said Wednesday night.

Bush, the 41st president, suffered a fractured neck and was being kept overnight at Maine Medical Center, Matt Paul, a spokesman for the hospital, told NBC News. He gave no further details and said it was "premature" to speculate beyond that.

The former president turned 91 last month and uses a wheelchair because he has Parkinson's disease.

Jim McGrath, Bush's spokesman and speechwriter, announced the news on Twitter:

41 fell at home in Maine today and broke a bone in his neck. His condition is stable -- he is fine -- but he'll be in a neck brace.

The former president spent the week of last Christmas in a Houston hospital after he experienced difficulty breathing. He spent nearly two months at the same hospital in January 2013 for bronchitis-related issues.