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Jimmy Carter to teach Sunday school days after breaking hip

May 16, 2019
FILE- In this Sept. 12, 2018, file photo former President Jimmy Carter answers questions from students during his annual town hall with Emory University in Atlanta. Carter has been released from a Georgia hospital after hip replacement surgery. A spokeswoman for Carter says former first lady Rosalynn Carter also was hospitalized Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Americus after feeling faint but was discharged Thursday, May 16 along with her husband. The 94-year-old former president injured his hip earlier this week when he fell at his home before a planned turkey hunt. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter plans to teach Sunday school this weekend just days after undergoing surgery for a broken hip, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

Carter, 94, was released Thursday morning from a Georgia hospital after getting a hip replacement. He plans to continue recuperating at his home in rural Plains, said a statement from Carter spokeswoman Deanna Congileo.

Carter’s wife, Rosalynn Carter, went home with her husband after she was admitted to the hospital Wednesday for observation and testing after she “felt faint,” Congileo said.

“Both President and Mrs. Carter extend their thanks to the many people who sent well wishes the past few days,” Congileo’s statement said.

Jimmy Carter suffered a broken hip Monday as he was leaving to go turkey hunting. Congileo said he will undergo physical therapy as part of his recovery.

She said Carter also plans to teach his regular Sunday school class this weekend at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains.

Carter became the longest-lived president in U.S. history in March when his age surpassed that of former President George H.W. Bush, who died Nov. 30 at the age of 94 years, 171 days.

Nearly four years have passed since Carter revealed he had been diagnosed with cancer. Carter said in August 2015 he had melanoma that had spread to his liver and brain. He received treatment for seven months until scans showed no sign of the disease.

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An earlier version of this report had an incorrect spelling for Maranatha Baptist Church.