Jimmy Carter seen building homes after fall left him with black eye and stitches

Jimmy Carter seen building homes after fall left him with black eye and stitches

Former US president Jimmy Carter was spotted building homes after sustaining a black eye after a fall at his home in Georgia, the Independent reports.

The 95-year-old, who is the oldest president in US history, had to be taken to hospital to get 14 stitches following the accident.

In spite of the painful-looking injury, President Carter attended a concert for Habitat for Humanity volunteers in Nashville, Tennessee.

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organisation which enlists the help of volunteers to build homes.

On the podium, Carter told the crowd that his fall happened while he was getting ready to go to church on Sunday morning.

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"I fell down and hit my forehead on a sharp edge and had to go to the hospital. And they took 14 stitches in my forehead and my eye is black, as you've noticed," he said. "But I had a No. 1 priority and that was to come to Nashville and build houses."

By his side at the philanthropic event was his 92-year-old wife, Rosalynn Carter. This week, the group has been working on building new porches of 21 Nashville homes as part of the 36th Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project with Habitat for Humanity, CNN reports.

“I had a number one priority and that was to come to Nashville and build houses,” he told the crowd at the concert where country singer Garth Brooks and Tricia Yearwood performed.

The Carters have actively supported Habitat for Humanity for over thirty years. The former president has spoken about how he appreciates the "hands-on" aspect of the organisation, and added that it has “has successfully removed the stigma of charity by substituting it with a sense of partnership.”

Habitat for Humanity is set to build 21 homes in a Nashville neighbourhood after the event.