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Jimmy Carter does not teach Sunday school as he continues to recover from hip replacement surgery

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 5/19/2019 David Boroff
Jimmy Carter wearing a suit and tie © Curtis Compton / AP

Former President Jimmy Carter did not teach Sunday school this weekend after all while recovering from a broken hip.

Carter, who is 94, underwent surgery the week after suffering the injury on Monday. He had initially planned to give his lesson at a Georgia church on Sunday, but needs more time to rest.

“Though he is progressing well, he underestimated the amount of time he would need to recover from his recent hip replacement,” spokeswoman Deanna Congileo said Saturday night.

Congileo apologized to those who traveled to hear Carter at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, his hometown. Carter’s niece Kim Fuller was expected to teach the lesson.

The former President broke his hip as he left to go turkey hunting. He said his main concern was not reaching his turkey limit for the season.

Carter draws hundreds of visitors for his sessions. He became the longest-lived president in U.S. history earlier this year when his age surpassed that of former President George H.W. Bush.

“What could possibly be good about growing old? The most obvious answer, of course, is to consider the alternative to aging,” Carter wrote 20 years ago. “But there are plenty of other good answers — many based on our personal experiences and observations.”

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