Jimmy Carterthe longest-serving former president at 98, chose to spend his final days in hospice care at home in Plains, Georgia, after a series of brief hospital stays, the Carter Center announced Saturday.
“After a series of short hospital stays, former President Jimmy Carter decided this Saturday to spend his remaining time at home with his family and receive palliative care instead of more medical interventions,” said that organization.
Carter “has the full support of his family and his medical team. The Carter family asks for privacy during this time and appreciates the concern shown by their many fans,” says the center’s statement about the decision made by the nearly century-old engineer and farmer, who became the 39th president of the United States. States from 1977 to 1981.
The statement did not elaborate on what conditions prompted former President Carter’s recent hospital visits or his decision to receive hospice care.
Carter has overcome serious health problems, including in 2015 when he was diagnosed with melanoma that had spread to his liver and brain. After treatment, doctors said she defied the odds and announced later that year that she was cancer-free.
The former president also suffered several falls in the past that limited his mobilitylike the one he had in 2019 in which he fractured his pelvis.
Carter, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, only lasted four years, mainly due to the impact of the 1979 US hostage crisis in Iran.
After leaving the White House, the Democratic leader continued to influence the political life of the country from a progressive perspective, despite the fact that the most conservative have continued to criticize his administration.
From the Carter Center, since 1982 he has promoted advances in election observation, human rights and public health around the world. The former president has also written about twenty books since he left the Presidency and taught catechism at his church in Plains.
Saturday’s announcement came four and a half months after Carter celebrated his 98th birthday, including with a parade hosted by his hometown that the former president watched from a wheelchair.
The previous weekend, he and his wife, Rosalynn, were driven around in a red convertible by a Secret Service agent during the annual Plains Peanut Festival. Behind the car walked his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Source: La Opinion