AMERICUS, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - Former President Jimmy Carter is recovering after suffering a broken hip Monday morning.
According to a statement issued from the Carter Center, the former president was getting ready to go turkey hunting, something he is known to frequently do, when he suffered a fall.
The statement said he underwent surgery at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia. His surgeon said the operation was a success and he is with his wife, Rosalynn, recovering.
The statement goes on to read:
“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.”
Tyler Joran, an outdoor guide and avid hunter, posted a photo of himself with the 39th president during a turkey hunt on April 15. He wrote:
"94 years old and still bustin’ beaks! An unforgettable morning in the woods with President Carter at Realtree Farms"
Carter, a U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine Officer, served as a Georgia state senator in the mid-'60s before becoming the state's 76th governor. He then successfully ran for president in 1976, serving one term. The former president was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for co-founding the Carter Center, an Atlanta-based organization to promote and expand human rights.
Carter is the longest-retired president in U.S. history, and in 2017 became the first president to live to the 40th anniversary of his inauguration. This year, Carter became the longest-lived American president in U.S. history.
He and his wife, Rosalynn, have been very active through the years with Georgia-based Habitat for Humanity, and he frequently rolls up his sleeves to help build homes.