Former US President Carter, 95, falls and requires stitches

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter at a news conference in New York November 5, 2013. — Reuters pic
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter at a news conference in New York November 5, 2013. — Reuters pic

PLAINS, Oct 7 — Former US President Jimmy Carter, 95, fell at his home in Plains, Georgia, but “feels fine” and will attend a Habitat for Humanity event in Nashville, Tennessee last night, his staff said.

Carter's fall yesterday required stitches above his brow, said spokeswoman Deanna Congileo in a statement emailed to reporters.

“He said he feels fine and wanted everyone to know that he and Mrs Carter are eager to be at a Habitat for Humanity's Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Nashville, Tennessee,” Congileo said.

Carter, a Democrat who was governor of Georgia from 1971 to 1975, was elected president in 1976 and served one term in the White House. He was defeated for re-election in 1980 by Republican Ronald Reagan.

Since leaving the presidency, Carter has drawn international praise for his humanitarian work. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

He is the longest-living US president, celebrating his 95th birthday on Tuesday. — Reuters