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Former president healing after summer spill

Former president healing after summer spill

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KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush is healing well after taking a fall this summer, feeling good enough to go out on his speedboat and even visit a local biker bar with his wife.

The nation's oldest living president is "healing nicely" after he fractured his C2 vertebra, the second one below the skull, in July, said his chief of staff, Jean Becker.

Former first lady Barbara Bush is pleased with her husband's progress, Becker said.

"She is just thrilled that he has recovered the way he has. They're at the end of this road. It was a scary thing when it happened, and he's almost back to 100 percent," Becker said.

After getting his doctor's green light, Bush has gone on his boat several times when the sea was not too rough.

He also recently attended the George and Barbara Bush Lecture at the University of New England and paid a surprise visit to Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.

He even grabbed a beer at a biker bar last month. Photos posted on the website of Bentley's Saloon in nearby Arundel showed Bush greeting staff and posing for pictures with his wife.

Bush, 91, continues to wear a neck brace to help immobilize his neck. The family declined to provide details of how Bush fell at Walker's Point. Doctors said he suffered no nerve damage and that he'll fully recover from the incident.

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