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Two former presidents undergo surgery

December 5, 2000

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— Former President George Bush is scheduled to undergo hip replacement surgery at the Mayo Clinic, while former President Jimmy Carter had an operation on his shoulder last week and now faces physical therapy.

Mayo Clinic spokesman John Murphy confirmed the surgery for Bush was planned for today but would give no further details.

Former first lady Barbara Bush had successful hip replacement at the clinic in December 1997.

Bush, 76, was hospitalized in February in Texas to have tests for an irregular heartbeat. His physician, Dr. Ben Orman, said at the time the former president "is in excellent health overall."

Both Bush and his wife also have a thyroid disorder, called Graves' disease, which can be controlled with medication.

The former president made highly publicized skydives in 1997 and 1999. He has said that he wants to jump again in 2004 for his 80th birthday.

The surgery comes as the former president and first lady await the outcome of legal rulings that could determine if their son George W. Bush won the presidential election.

Carter fell and injured his shoulder while jogging in San Diego last week and underwent surgery in Atlanta, a spokeswoman reported Monday.

The 76-year-old former president hurt his right rotator cuff while jogging on the beach Thursday, Carter Center spokeswoman Carrie Harmon said.

Carter underwent surgery Friday at Emory University Hospital and was released on Saturday, she said.

She said that Carter is expected to recover fully after a few weeks of physical therapy.

Carter had traveled to San Diego on Carter Center business.

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