Jimmy Carter recovering from surgery after breaking hip

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

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By Doha Madani and David Gura

Former President Jimmy Carter is recovering from surgery to repair a broken hip after he fell Monday at his Georgia home.

Carter, 94, was being treated at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia, according to a statement from The Carter Center. The former president fell as he was leaving to go turkey hunting Monday morning.

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"President Carter said his main concern is that turkey season ends this week, and he has not reached his limit," the statement said. "He hopes the State of Georgia will allow him to rollover the unused limit to next year."

The former president's surgeon said the operation was successful, and Carter's wife, Rosalynn, was with him, according to The Carter Center.

Carter, the 39th president of the United States, announced in August 2015 that he had been diagnosed with cancer. After going through treatment, Carter told his church in December of that year that he was cancer free. He ceased treatment in March 2016.

In a tweet Monday, President Donald Trump, wished Carter a quick recovery. "Wishing former President Jimmy Carter a speedy recovery from his hip surgery earlier today. He was in such good spirits when we spoke last month - he will be fine!" Trump tweeted.

The Georgia Wildlife Resources Division also wished the former president a speedy recovery, but said in a statement that he won't be able to roll over his turkey limit to next year. Hunters are limited to three male turkeys a year — which the Georgia department said is "still one of the most liberal bag limits in the U.S.!" — but it does not roll over limits from one year to another.

"We at the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to hearing of his next trip to the woods," the resources division said.