Former president Jimmy Carter is recovering from surgery after a fall Monday morning in which he broke his hip.
The Carter Center said in a statement that Carter, 94, was leaving his home in Plains, Ga., to go turkey hunting when he fell. The former president was recovering at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Ga., after surgery that his surgeon said was successful. His wife, Rosalynn, was with him.
“President Carter said his main concern is that turkey season ends this week, and he has not reached his limit,” the Carter Center said in its statement. “He hopes the state of Georgia will allow him to roll over the unused limit to next year.”
In March, Carter surpassed George H.W. Bush as the longest-living president in U.S. history.
Carter announced in 2015 that doctors had discovered a form of melanoma that had spread to his brain. “I just thought I had a few weeks left, but I was surprisingly at ease,” Carter said at a news conference that August. “I’ve had an exciting and adventurous and gratifying existence.”
He received his first radiation treatment at age 90, and four months later, he was — remarkably — cancer free.
Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for work during and after his time in office. The former president remains engaged in the causes and activities that matter most to him, according to the Carter Center: He participates in the center’s programs in global peace and health, as well as annual Habitat for Humanity builds.
Carter also continues to teach Sunday-school lessons at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains. Several 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls, including Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, have been among the recent attendees.
President Trump tweeted a message of support for Carter on Monday evening.
“Wishing former President Jimmy Carter a speedy recovery from his hip surgery earlier today,” he said. “He was in such good spirits when we spoke last month - he will be fine!”
Deanna Paul contributed to this report.