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President Bush Senior Released From Hospital

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FILE - Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara Bush are seen in a March 29, 2015, photo.

FILE - Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara Bush are seen in a March 29, 2015, photo.

Former U.S. president George H. W. Bush has been released from a hospital in the northeastern U.S. state of Maine, four days after he fell and broke a bone in his neck.

The 91-year-old Bush, the oldest living former president, went into the hospital on Wednesday after breaking a vertebrae while at his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

"He is in good enough condition that they can continue his recovery at home,'' Bush's spokesman Jim McGrath said.

Bush fractured his C2 vertebra, the second one below the skull, but it didn't affect his spine. Doctors treating him had called it "a significant injury," but said he was in excellent shape and they anticipated he would make a full recovery.

Bush, who has Parkinson's disease, was last hospitalized for a week in December due to breathing difficulties.

He served as vice president during Ronald Reagan's two White House terms before being elected president in 1988. He served one term, having been defeated in the 1992 election by Bill Clinton.

George H. W. Bush is the father of former president George W. Bush and former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who is seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

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