Former US President Jimmy Carter suffered a black eye and required 14 stitches after a bad fall. But that didn't stop him from attending a concert in Tennessee to rally volunteers for Habitat for Humanity hours later.
Former US president Jimmy Carter suffered a black eye and required 14 stitches last Sunday after falling for the second time in six months. However, it did not stop Carter, who turned 95 last week, from attending a concert in Tennessee to rally volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, a home building project, that very evening.
Along with his wife Rosalynn, 92, Carter made his way onto the stage at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, with white bandages covering the portion above his bruised and swollen left eye, reports The Guardian.
After celebrating his 95th birthday last Tuesday, Carter became the longest living US President in history. Shortly after this, he fell at his home in Plains, Georgia, on Sunday.
Although the humanitarian needed stitches above his brow, his spokeswoman assured that the former President "feels fine." Despite this, Carter was seen attending his 36th home building project in Tennessee where he encouraged other volunteers of the project.
Beginning the evening with a prayer, he said, "With our freedom, every one of us can make a basic decision. ... 'What kind of person do I, myself, choose to be?'" Later, he said that every person "can be a complete success in the eyes of God."
Working with Habitat since 1984, the Carters’ commitment serves as an inspiration for us all. https://t.co/SUjjkooPbz— Habitat for Humanity (@Habitat_org) October 6, 2019
Wearing an Atlanta Braves baseball hat, Carter acknowledged his injuries explaining how he fell while getting ready to go to church on Sunday morning, reports CNN.
"Well, first of all, I want to explain my black eye," said Carter who was seen walking with a cane. "I got up this morning… I was getting ready for church, right after that we had a family reunion and we were coming to Nashville. I fell down and hit my forehead on a sharp edge and I had to go to the hospital," he said in a video recorded by The Associated Press.
WATCH: Former President Carter, the oldest living former president in US history, helps lead a build of Habitat for Humanity homes in Nashville one day after falling at his home and receiving stitches above his eye.https://t.co/CB1TSLeaMh pic.twitter.com/oh0jiv4IXY— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 7, 2019
"And they took 14 stitches in my forehead and my eye is black if you noticed. But I had a number one priority and that was to come to Nashville to build houses!" said Carter, who was cheered on by the crowd present at the event.
Carter and Rosalynn then introduced country stars, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, who praised the former first couple for their humanitarian work and even hailed them as the hardest working volunteers at the project.
Ever since 1984, Jimmy Carter has been associated with Habitat for Humanity and this current undertaking is his 36th building project in association with them.
In a tweet, the organization wrote: Working with Habitat since 1984, the Carters’ commitment serves as an inspiration for us all. Following the injury, a spokesperson for The Carter Center said, "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."
The Carters will be teaming up with other volunteers and future Habitat homeowners to build 21 new houses in the city's Park Reserve neighborhood from Monday to the following Friday, reports PEOPLE.
The Vice President was in Tennessee today. But he clearly was upstaged by one of the finest statesman in our nation’s history.— Christopher J. Hale (@chrisjollyhale) October 7, 2019
May God bless and keep the great Jimmy Carter, who visited Nashville today one after a fall in his home to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. pic.twitter.com/i6wTflGYem