On the morning of December 3, 2019, The Carter Center Twitter account revealed that former US President Jimmy Carter was, once again, taken to hospital while battling an illness.
According to the former president’s website and social media account, over the weekend Carter “was admitted to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center.” He was taken in to receive treatment “for a urinary tract infection.”
It was further revealed that the former president was already “feeling better and looks forward to returning home soon.” According to “The Washington Post,” the hospital will release another statement once Carter is officially released.
Jimmy Carter at a press conference at the Carter Center on August 20, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia | Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images
A few weeks ago, the former president was in the hospital to undergo a procedure to relieve pressure on his brain. He was suffering from the condition due to the recent falls he’s had.
Carter, 95, was officially said to be the oldest living US president after the passing of former president George H.W. Bush in August 2018. Despite this, he hasn’t had the easiest of times for the past years.
Jimmy Carter signs copies of "A Full Life Reflections At Ninety" at Bookends Bookstore on July 8, 2015, in Ridgewood, New Jersey | Photo: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images
Carter has been in-and-out of the hospital several times over the past year. It all began in 2015 after he was diagnosed with a form of melanoma that spread to the brain.
During a press conference, the former president spoke about the diagnosis calmly stating:
“I just thought I had a few weeks left, but I was surprisingly at ease. I’ve had an exciting and adventurous and gratifying existence.”
Soon afterward, Carter underwent treatment before being declared cancer-free at the age of 90. This year the former president has had several hospital stays related to a number of falls he started experiencing in May.
His two most recent incidents were in October, shortly after his 95th birthday. At the time, Carter had fallen at his home in Georgia and had to be taken to the hospital.
He was diagnosed with a minor pelvis fracture and a cut that required stitches.
However, Carter’s health misfortunes haven’t prevented him from pursuing his volunteer work. He and his wife, Rosalynn Carter, have volunteered for Habitat for Humanity for 35 years.
The pair physically assists with the building of homes all over the US and around the world. They have worked alongside 103,000 volunteers in 14 countries.
The Carters have been two places like India, South Korea, and the Philippines for their work.
At the beginning of November 2019, the former leader spoke about his cancer diagnosis during a church sermon. He shared how he’d expected a quick death and how he’d prayed about it.
At the time, the former president was holding his weekly sermon in Plains, Georgia.