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Ex-president George HW Bush jokes about neck-break fall

Published 31/07/2015 | 01:52

Injured former president George HW Bush tweeted this thumbs-up photo (Office of George HW Bush/AP)
Injured former president George HW Bush tweeted this thumbs-up photo (Office of George HW Bush/AP)

Former US president George HW Bush can see the funny side about falling at his summer home and breaking a bone in his neck.

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The 91-year-old father of George W Bush tweeted a smiling photo showing him in a neck brace and giving two thumbs up. He tells his followers: "Who knew jumping out of planes was safer than getting out of bed?" and also gives thanks for the "kind get-well messages".

The 41st president survived bailing out of his torpedo bomber when it was shot down during the Second World War and has skydived several times since then, including on his 90th birthday.

Mr Bush fell at his at his Kennebunkport, Maine, home on July 15. Doctors are letting the fractured vertebra heal on its own.

During the winter, Mr Bush lives in Houston, Texas.

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