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Former President Jimmy Carter Breaks Hip, Has Surgery

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MONDAY, May 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Former President Jimmy Carter is recovering from surgery for a broken hip after taking a fall at his home in Plains, Ga.

Carter, 94, is the oldest living former U.S. president. In a statement, his office said that he underwent the hip surgery at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Ga., with his wife, Rosalynn, nearby, The New York Times reported.

Carter, who served as president from 1977 to 1981, was headed out for turkey hunting when he fell, his office said.

“President Carter said his main concern is that turkey season ends this week, and he has not reached his limit,” the statement said. “He hopes the State of Georgia will allow him to rollover the unused limit to next year.”

The broken hip is another health setback for Carter, who has already battled his way back from cancer. In 2015, when Carter was 90, it was announced that he had melanoma that had spread to his brain.

But treatment with the powerful immunotherapy drug Keytruda appears to have cured him of the tumor.

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SOURCE: The New York Times, May 13, 2019