President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, 92, recently became the longest-married presidential couple. They just celebrated their anniversary. He has survived brain cancer, liver cancer, and falls. Then, this accident happened Monday night.
Carter Center spokesperson Deanne Congileo explained that President Carter fell and fractured his pelvis in his home in Plains, Georgia. She described the injury as a “minor” fracture. The 95-year-old president was:
‘In good spirits and looking forward to recovering at home.’
The president has fallen three times in “recent months” and had the bruises to show for it. KTLA explained:
‘This is the third time Carter has fallen in recent months. He first fell in the spring and required hip replacement surgery. Carter fell again this month and despite receiving 14 stitches, traveled the next day to Nashville, Tennessee to rally volunteers and help build a Habitat for Humanity home.’
After his last fall, President Carter said, according to CNN:
‘I fell down and hit my forehead on a sharp edge and had to go to the hospital. And they took 14 stitches in my forehead and my eye is black, as you’ve noticed. But I had a number one priority and that was to come to Nashville and build houses.’
President Carter continues to build houses:
‘During the Habitat build, Carter was focused on his work, nimbly constructing corbels, a wooden support structure, under a tent on an empty lot alongside his wife, former first lady Rosalynn Carter. The former president, who walked with a cane, briefly fell while working on the corbels, helped up by Secret Service agents on site. After standing on his feet for nearly an hour, he took a seat and continued his work.’
Former first lady Rosalynn Carter said earlier this month:
‘”We’ve cut back in the last few months. I’m 92, he’s 95, and we thought it was time to stop working steadily all day every day.’
President Carter has always had a can-do attitude toward working:
‘I’ll stop when I have to. But I won’t stop until I have to.’
Carter, 95, has been back working on houses for Habitat for Humanity after each fall and his cancer treatments. He can be expected to be back with his hammer and nails soon.
President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush were married over 73 years.
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