The 39th President of the United States fell and broke his hip on Monday morning, according to a statement put out by the Carter Center.
The statement said President Carter fell on his way out to go turkey hunting. He was at his home in Plains, Georgia.
“While leaving to go turkey hunting this morning, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter fell at his home in Plains, Georgia,” the statement said. “He is recovering comfortably from surgery to repair a broken hip at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia. His surgeon stated that the surgery was successful.”
Although President Carter did not make it out to hunt this morning, he is hopeful he will still get to get his share of hunting in.
“President Carter said his main concern is that turkey season ends this week, and he has not reached his limit. He hopes the State of Georgia will allow him to rollover the unused limit to next year,” the statement concluded.
President Carter 94-years-old and lives with his 91-year-old wife, Rosalynn.
Jimmy Carter is now the Oldest President Ever
Earlier this year, Jimmy Carter became the oldest former President ever, surpassing George H. W. Bush’s record of 94 years and 171 days old in March.
Along with being the oldest former president to ever live, Jimmy Carter was the first president to ever be born in a hospital.
After his presidency, Carter returned to his home in Plains, Georgia. Carter was considered a very active former president as he devoted his life to humanitarian causes and peacekeeping. In 2002, Jimmy Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize for his “decades of untiring efforts to find peaceful solution to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”
Carter is also an active member of Habitat for Humanity where he has committed himself to service both nationally and internationally. Through his projects with Habitat for Humanity, Carter has maintained a profile that allows him occasionally to appear on TV and speak his mind on the issues of today.
President Carter collaborated with Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia to find and establish the Carter Center. The Carter Center’s goals are to break new ground on humanitarian issues as well as “resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.”
In 2015, Carter was diagnosed with melanoma in his liver and brain. Thanks to a new treatment called immunotherapy, Carter was declared cancer-free just months after his diagnosis.