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Former President Jimmy Carter falls, breaks hip while preparing for turkey hunt

Former president Jimmy Carter is interviewed by reporters on Saturday Aug. 4 2018 in Plains Ga

The Carter Centre in Atlanta said in a statement that Carter, 94, was leaving his home in Plains, Georgia, to go turkey hunting when he fell.

President Jimmy Carter fell at his Plains, Georgia home Monday morning while preparing for a turkey hunt, according to a release from The Carter Center.

She said that Carter underwent surgery at a medical center in Americus, Georgia.

Former President Jimmy Carter holds hands with his wife, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, as they work with other volunteers at a work project with Habitat for Humanity, Aug. 27, 2018, in Mishawaka, Ind.

"President Carter said his main concern is that turkey season ends this week, and he has not reached his limit", Carter Center spokeswoman Deanna Congileo said.

It's the latest health scare for the 94-year-old, who was diagnosed with melanoma that spread to his brain and liver in late 2015 but announced an incredible recovery months later.

In March, Carter surpassed George H.W. Bush as the longest-living president in USA history.

Carter disclosed in 2015 that 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.

"I've had a wonderful life", he said. "I've got thousands of friends and I've had an exciting and adventurous and gratifying existence".