To stop Jimmy Carter, a lifelong Baptist and the oldest former president of the nation, from teaching Sunday school, it will take more than a fractured pelvis.
Carter’s church in Plains, Georgia, said Tuesday, Oct. 29, the 95-year-old former president expects to teach his Sunday school class this week, less than two weeks after breaking his pelvis in a fall .
Maranatha Baptist Church’s announcement came a day after it had said Carter wasn’t up to appearing.
“We are proud and relieved to announce President Carter has changed his mind and decided that he feels well enough (to) teach,” said the update.
Maranatha Baptist’s pastor, Tony Lowden, said the stamina of Carter was “amazing.”
“I’ve never seen anything like him,” Lowden said.
In a fall on Oct. 21 Carter suffered the fracture that happened shortly after another tumble in which he hit his head and needed stitches.
For decades, Carter has been teaching Sunday school, and large crowds usually come to hear his teachings at his small church in Plains, Georgia. Last Sunday, due to injury, he missed.
After a hospital stay, aides said Carter was recovering at home. He lives in rural southwest Georgia, just a short distance from the church.
Carter has fallen at least three times this year, and hip replacement surgery was needed in the first incident in the spring. After getting 14 stitches after a fall on Oct. 6, he traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, and helped build a Habitat for Humanity home.
While Carter used to stand while teaching the class held in the sanctuary, in recent months he has been using a chair with a motorized seat lift.
The 39th president was diagnosed with severe cancer in 2015, but survived and has said he has been cancer-free since then.