Former President Jimmy Carter speaks during the Habitat for Humanity Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project opening ceremony at the Ryman Auditorium, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Carter had a black eye and stitches after falling at his Georgia home on Sunday, but made it to the evening program in Nashville.
Photo: Courtney Pedroza/The Tennessean via AP
Photo: Courtney Pedroza/The Tennessean via AP

Jimmy Carter says fall at home won’t stop him from Habitat work

Former President Jimmy Carter, who celebrated his 95th birthday on Tuesday, experienced a fall at his home in Plains today that required stitches.

But he doesn't plan to let that stop him from the Habitat for Humanity work he has planned in Nashville, Tennessee.

In a statement released Sunday, the Carter Center announced that he "required stitches above his brow." 

The statement also indicated: "He said he feels fine and wanted everyone to know that he and Mrs. Carter are eager to be at Habitat for Humanity's Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Nashville, Tennessee, Oct. 6-11, starting with the opening ceremony this evening."

Earlier this year, Carter had a scare at his Plains home when he fell and broke his hip on the way to go turkey hunting,  requiring surgery.

He was able to return to teaching Sunday school at his Plains church two weeks after that surgery, but told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution last month that he has had “limited endurance.”

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The former president has been going through what he has called “intense physical therapy” as part of his rehabilitation and has been using a cane to get around.

In Nashville, Carter and his wife, Rosalynn are expected to help construct 21 homes. This will be the 36th year the couple has participated in the project, where they have overseen the construction of more that 4,300 affordable homes in 14 countries since 1984.

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