Former President HW Bush Recovering Well

In this Thursday, July 30, 2015, photo provided by the Office of George H. W. Bush, former President George H.W. Bush wears a neck brace at his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. The 91-year-old tweeted the photo showing him in the brace and giving two thumbs up Thursday. Bush fractured a bone in his neck when fell there on July 15. Doctors are letting the fractured vertebra heal on its own over the next several months. (Office of George H. W. Bush via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) – Former President George H.W. Bush is healing well after taking a fall this summer, and he’s ready to head south for the winter.

Longtime chief of staff Jean Becker says Bush’s doctor has informed the family the former president’s neck is “healing nicely.” He’s been out and about, and has even been on his speedboat.

He fractured his C2 vertebra, the second one below the skull, back in July. His doctor said at the time that it normally takes three to months for such an injury to heal.

Bush spends summers in Maine and winters in Texas, and he’ll be headed south this week.

He is the father of Republican former President George W. Bush. Another son, Republican former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, is running for president in 2016.

(Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

10/4/2015 10:32:55 AM (GMT -5:00)

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