Former President Jimmy Carter is in recovery after he underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.
What We Know:
- According to the NY Times, Mr. Carter was admitted to Emory University Hospital, where the surgery procedure took place. The pressure on Mr. Carter’s brain was caused by a series of recent falls which led to subdural hematoma.
- A subdural hematoma is an accumulation of blood outside the brain, usually a result of head injuries. Mr. Carter has fallen at least three times in the past six months, including once in May when he broke a hip and twice last month in his home in Plains, Georgia. He required 14 stitches and broke his pelvis.
- “There are no complications from the surgery,” his spokeswoman, Deanna Congileo, said in a statement. “President Carter will remain in the hospital as long as advisable for observation. We do not anticipate any further statements until he is released from the hospital.”
- Mr. Carter is the longest-living president, he served as the nation’s 39th president under one term from 1977 to 1981, determined to restore trust in government after the Watergate and Vietnam eras.
- Despite his recent health concerns, Mr. Carter has continued his normal routine of teaching Sunday school classes in his hometown. He spoke to a Sunday-school class about death. He says he “prayed to God to give him the proper attitude towards death and he found that he was absolutely and completely at ease with death.”
The Carter Center says former President Jimmy Carter is now out of surgery without complication.https://t.co/6MSGfLia4d
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President and Mrs. Carter thank everyone for the many well-wishes they have received,” says the Carter Center.