Former President Jimmy Carter Falls, Get Stitches And Still Attends Habitat For Humanity Event the Same Night


Jimmy Carter is the man who keeps on going. The former President of the United States took a fall at his home on Sunday Oct. 6, leaving him with a black eye and requiring stitches. Yet the 95-year old still managed to attend a Habitat for Humanity event in Nashville later that day.

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When news broke of the former President’s fall, the Carter Center released a statement about his condition.

“Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter had a fall today at his home in Plains, Georgia, that required stitches above his brow, the statement read. “He said he feels fine and wanted everyone to know that he and Mrs. Carter are eager to be at Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Nashville, Tennessee, Oct. 6-11, starting with the opening ceremony this evening.”

But true to form, President Carter was in Nashville later that evening being introduced at the Work Project event by Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. It was here that Jimmy himself explained what happened.

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“Well first of all I want to explain my black eye,” Jimmy said. “I got up this morning at home in Plains [Georgia]getting ready to go to church, because right after that we had a family reunion and then we were coming to Nashville, and I fell down and hit my forehead on a sharp edge. I had to go to the hospital. They took fourteen stitches in my forehead and my eye is black as you noticed but I had a number one priority and that was to come to Nashville and build houses.”

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter have been working with Habitat for Humanity for 35 years. The two joined forces to create the Carter Work Project which is a weeklong event taking place in a different locations all over the world each year, as they work alongside future homeowners and hundreds of volunteers to build new, affordable homes.

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Garth and Trisha have been working at Habitat for Humanity alongside the President and Mrs Carter for over a decade.

Jimmy, who just turned 95 on Oct. 1, suffered a broken hip earlier this year when he fell on his way to a Turkey hunt. He had to undergo surgery to repair the broken hip at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia.

We wish the former President a speedy recovery.