Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter broke his hip Monday, but has had successful surgery and is recovering comfortably, a spokesperson for the Carter Center says.
The 94-year-old was on his way to go turkey hunting, Deanna Congileo said in a statement. She said that he was treated in Americus, Ga., near his home in Plains, and that 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. He hopes the State of Georgia will allow him to roll over the unused limit to next year,” Congileo wrote.
Carter disclosed in 2015 that cancer that had been discovered on his liver and had also been found on his brain. He received treatment for seven months until scans showed no sign of the disease.
At the time he revealed the cancer, he said he felt “perfectly at ease with whatever comes.”
“I’ve had a wonderful life,” he said. “I’ve had thousands of friends, I’ve had an exciting, adventurous and gratifying existence.”
Carter, a Democrat who served as Georgia’s governor beginning in 1971, was elected president in November 1976, narrowly defeating Republican incumbent Gerald R. Ford, the former congressman who served out the end of Richard Nixon’s term.
He served just one term as president.