Former President Jimmy Carter — at 95, the longest-living ex-president in U.S. history — took a nasty spill in his Georgia home Sunday morning that required a trip to the hospital, but that didn’t really slow him down much at all.
Despite receiving 14 stitches for a gash on his head and a swollen black eye, Carter proceeded to travel to Nashville, Tennessee that same day to kick off the latest Habitat for Humanity home build project, NPR reported.
Carter suffers fall at home
The terrible initial news was first revealed in a statement by the former president’s namesake organization, the Carter Center, that was posted to social media.
The statement said of Carter: “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.”
His “number one priority”
The Carters did indeed make it to Nashville by Sunday evening for the opening ceremony of the week-long home build project.
Though the elderly ex-president definitely looked the worse for wear, it was obvious that his spirits were still quite high as he briefly addressed the gathered crowd of volunteer workers, according to the Tennessean.
While his face was partially obscured by an Atlanta Braves baseball hat, the dramatic bruising around his eye and large bandage over the stitches were nevertheless quite evident as he stood at the podium on stage at the Ryman Auditorium.
“Well, first of all, I want to explain my black eye,” Carter said. “I fell down and hit my forehead on a sharp edge and had to go to the hospital. They took 14 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 to build houses,” he added to raucous cheers and applause.
Hours after being hospitalized for falling at his home, former President Jimmy Carter made a public appearance at a Habitat for Humanity event where he was seen with a black eye and stitches. pic.twitter.com/zFLMvT0hlh
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 7, 2019
Still going strong
Nor did Carter stop at simply making an appearance at the opening ceremony for the project, as he was spotted on Monday actually working with the other volunteers on the home build sites.
Say what you will about Carter’s politics or his achievements, or lack thereof, during his sole presidential term, but he has proven himself to be a selfless servant post-presidency with his commitment to Habitat for Humanity home build projects and is a veritable trooper in spite of his failing health, particularly in light of the fact that he is still recovering from a broken hip suffered in May.
We wish him the best and pray for his continued well-being.