President Carter falls, breaks hip

While leaving to go turkey hunting Monday morning, former President Jimmy Carter fell at his home in Plains.

He is recovering comfortably from surgery to repair a broken hip at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, according to information from Deanna Congileo, the press secretary for the Carters.

» UPDATE: Carter returns home from hospital, will teach Sunday school

The  surgeon stated that the surgery was successful. His wife Rosalynn is with him.

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President Carter, 94, said his main concern is that turkey season ends this week, and he has not reached his limit, according to Congileo.


Both of the Carters have had health scares in the last few years.

President Carter announced in August of 2015 that he had melanoma, a skin cancer, that had spread to his liver and brain. Surgeons removed part of his liver, and cutting edge immunotherapy was used to treat the small brain lesions. At last report, Carter showed no signs of cancer.

In February of 2018, Rosalyn Carter had serious surgery on her bowels that left the former president "deathly afraid."

But the former first lady of the U.S. and Georgia pulled out and continues to do well.

President Carter, well-known for teaching Sunday school in his home church of Plains,  was scheduled to teach Sunday.

Congileo said that seems unlikely after the accident.

Gov. Brian Kemp tweeted: “We are praying that President Carter has a quick and total recovery after today’s hip surgery. Gotta appreciate his positive spirit...and commitment to turkey hunting!”

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


Read The Atlanta Journal-Constitutions story about Carter’s successful turkey hunt earlier here.