Former President Jimmy Carter has entered home hospice care, according to a statement Saturday by the Carter Center, following a series of short hospital stays.
Carter, 98, opted to “spend his remaining time at home with his family” and receive hospice care instead of additional medical intervention, according to the Carter Center.
Carter has the full support of his family and medical staff, the charity added, which “asks for privacy at this time and is grateful for the concern shown by his many admirers.”
The former president has suffered health issues in the past, including melanoma that had spread to his liver and brain in 2015—though doctors announced later that year he was cancer-free, according to the Washington Post.
In 2019, Carter underwent surgery to alleviate pressure on his brain before suffering a minor pelvic fracture and injuring his forehead—requiring 14 stitches—in a series of falls later in the year.
Carter, who served as president from 1977 to 1981, has lived longer than any former president in U.S. history after leaving the White House. Carter has lived just over 42 years after leaving office on January 20, 1981.
Carter, a former Georgia peanut farmer, served one term as Georgia governor and four years in the state Senate before claiming the Democratic presidential nomination in 1976. Carter served one year in office after narrowly defeating President Gerald Ford, though he suffered low approval ratings (35%) throughout his time in office. He then lost to Republican Ronald Reagan in a landslide election in 1980. Following his departure from office, however, Carter was praised for his work with his charity, the Carter Center, while helping to build thousands of homes for Habitat for Humanity. Carter has remained a presence in modern politics despite being out of the public eye throughout the pandemic, suggesting in 2019 that former President Donald Trump was illegitimate “because the Russians interfered on his behalf.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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