Jimmy Carter Breaks Hip in Fall on Way to Hunt Turkeys

FILE -- Former President Jimmy Carter in his home in Plains, Ga., Sept. 30, 2017. Carter, 94, the oldest living former president, underwent surgery for a broken hip on May 13, 2019, after falling at his home, his office said. (Dustin Chambers/The New York Times)




Peter Baker

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WASHINGTON — Former President Jimmy Carter underwent surgery for a broken hip Monday after falling at his home in Plains, Georgia, his office said.

Carter, 94, the longest-living president in American history, was recovering from the operation at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia, with his wife, Rosalynn, at his side, the office said in a statement.

The statement, issued by Deanna Congileo, his press secretary, quoted his surgeon as saying the operation was successful. Jimmy Carter was leaving home to go turkey hunting when he fell, according to the statement.

“President Carter said his main concern is that turkey season ends this week, and he has not reached his limit,” the statement said. “He hopes the State of Georgia will allow him to roll over the unused limit to next year.”

President Donald Trump posted a message on Twitter expressing hope for the former president.

“Wishing former President Jimmy Carter a speedy recovery from his hip surgery earlier today,” Trump wrote. “He was in such good spirits when we spoke last month — he will be fine!”

Carter, who served as the nation’s 39th president from 1977 to 1981, became the longest-living former commander in chief in March when he reached the age of 94 years and 172 days, making him a day older than former President George H.W. Bush was when he died in November.

Carter has overcome several health problems in recent years, most notably when he announced in 2015 that cancer had been found in his brain. He underwent treatment and declared several months later that he was cancer-free.

In July 2017, he collapsed in Canada while cutting wood after about an hour of work on one of his annual Habit for Humanity building projects. He was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for dehydration.

More recently, Carter has cut back on teaching Sunday school in Plains but is still there most weekends. He also continues to make regular appearances at Emory University, where he has been on the faculty since the 1980s, and at the Carter Center, the nonprofit organization he founded after leaving office to promote peace, fight disease and combat social inequality.