TUESDAY, Nov. 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) — After three falls in recent months, former President Jimmy Carter was recovering at an Atlanta hospital Tuesday morning following surgery to ease pressure on his brain caused by bleeding from those falls.
The 95-year-old “is recovering at Emory University Hospital following surgery this morning to relieve pressure on his brain from a subdural hematoma. There are no complications from the surgery,” the Carter Center said in a statement. “President Carter will remain in the hospital as long as advisable for observation.”
This is the latest in a string of health setbacks for the Georgia native.
In May, he fell and broke his hip. He fell again twice last month, the first one resulting in 14 stitches above his eyebrow and the second one causing a minor pelvic fracture.
Carter has already battled his way back from cancer. In 2015, when he was 90, it was announced that the former president had melanoma that had spread to his brain.
But treatment with the powerful immunotherapy drug Keytruda appeared to have cured Carter of the tumor.
Carter, who served as president from 1977 to 1981, is the oldest living former U.S. president.
During his presidency, he shepherded a landmark peace agreement between Israel and Egypt, and passed treaties handing over control of the Panama Canal to Panama, The New York Times reported.
Since serving as president, Carter has set up a center to promote conflict resolution, eradication of certain diseases in Africa, democratic election monitoring and other humanitarian causes. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, the Times said.
— E.J. Mundell
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SOURCES: The Carter Center, statement, Nov. 12, 2019; The New York Times