Former US President Jimmy Carter is recovering in hospital after undergoing brain surgery in Atlanta earlier this morning.
The 95-year-old was admitted to Emory University Hospital yesterday evening for a procedure to relieve pressure on his brain, caused by bleeding due to a series of recent falls.
A spokesperson for Carter said there were no complications from the surgery and he’s expected to remain at the hospital ‘as long as advisable’ for observation.
‘President and Mrs. Carter thank everyone for the many well wishes they have received,’ the statement continued.
Cater was hospitalized for treatment after suffering a fractured pelvis due to a fall in October.
He also also injured his head in a fall earlier in the month, but turned up the next day to volunteer at a Habitat for Humanity site with a black eye and a bandage covering 14 stitches.
Former US president Jimmy Carter was hospitalized for treatment after suffering a fractured pelvis due to a fall in October. Carter was hospitalized on October 21 after breaking his pelvis during a fall at his home in Georgia just weeks after a similar accident (above) left him with heavy facial bruising and 14 stitches. Pictured on October 7
Carter is the country’s oldest living president.
The procedure to relieve pressure on his brain caused by a subdural hematoma was announced on Twitter last night by the Carter Center, who said that he was ‘resting comfortably,’ ahead of the operation and that his wife, Rosalynn, 92, was by his side.
Carter taught a Bible lesson at Maranatha Baptist Church in the southwest Georgia town of Plains on November 3
Carter, a Democrat, was the 39th president of the United States, serving one term from 1977 until 1981.
He was defeated in his re-election bid by Republican Ronald Reagan in 1980.
Carter went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his humanitarian work and has lived longer after leaving the White House than any former president in U.S. history.
Last week, Carter reflected on his own mortality after suffering a broken pelvis when he fell in his home on October 21.
The 39th president taught a Bible lesson on life after death at a church in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, where he has lived since leaving office in 1981.
Using a walker, the 95-year-old Democrat slowly entered the crowded sanctuary at Maranatha Baptist Church.
‘Morning, everybody,’ he said cheerfully.
With help, Carter sat on a motorized lift chair at the front of the room to teach a 45-minute lesson based on the Old Testament book of Job.
Carter (seated right next to his wife, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter) said he was ‘at ease’ with the idea of dying and believes in life after death as he spoke at Maranatha Baptist Church on November 3
The Carter Center said on Twitter that he ‘was admitted to Emory University Hospital Monday for a procedure to relieve pressure on his brain, caused by bleeding due to his recent falls’
Referring to a cancer diagnosis that resulted in the removal of part of his liver in 2015, Carter said he was is ‘at ease’ with the idea of dying and believes in life after death.
More than 400 people were on hand in the main hall and smaller, overflow rooms where the lesson was shown on television.
Rev. Tony Lowden said Secret Service agents, relatives and fellow church members all discouraged Carter from teaching because of the injury, but he insisted.
‘He is pouring out that you might see Christ while he is suffering,’ Lowden told the crowd.
Carter remained for the worship service after teaching, sitting in a pew beside his wife, Rosalynn, and singing hymns with the congregation.
The procedure to relieve pressure on his brain is scheduled for Tuesday morning at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta (seen above in a file photo)
Carter is the country’s oldest living president. Carter is seen in this file photo taken on January 20, 2017 with former First Lady Rosalynn Carter at Donald Trump’s inauguration
Referring to the former president and Jesus Christ by their initials, Lowden gave thanks for Carter in prayer.
‘The greatest thing I’ve learned as a pastor here is watching J.C. follow J.C.,’ Lowden said.
Carter said: ‘I assumed, naturally, that I was going to die very quickly,’ he said of his 2015 cancer diagnosis.
‘I obviously prayed about it. I didn’t ask God to let me live, but I asked God to give me a proper attitude toward death. And I found that I was absolutely and completely at ease with death.’
‘It didn’t really matter to me whether I died or lived. Except I was going to miss my family, and miss the work at the Carter Center and miss teaching your Sunday school service sometimes and so forth. All those delightful things,’ he said.
‘I said a prayer about it I didn’t ask God to let me live, I found that I was absolutely and completely at ease with death,’ he added.
The fall at his home on October 21st was the second time in recent weeks that the nation’s oldest living former president suffered an accident.
A previous fall on October 6 left Carter with 14 stitches above his brow and bruising around his left eye.
Despite that, he still showed up to help build a home with Habitat for Humanity the next day in Nashville, Tennessee.
He used a cane when he rallied volunteers that morning.
He told the crowd of volunteers that despite going to hospital, ‘I had a number one priority and that was to come to Nashville and build houses’.
He survived a dire cancer diagnosis in 2015 and surpassed George H.W. Bush as the longest-lived U.S. president in history this spring.
Carter, who was president from 1977 to 1981, also broke his hip back in May after falling in his home.
Carter served as president from 1977 until 1981. He is seen above at the Democratic Convention at Madison Square Garden in New York in July 1976. From left to right: Carter’s son, Chip Carter; his mother, Lillian Carter; his daughter, Amy Carter; Carter and his wife, Rosalynn; Joan Mondale, the wife of Carter’s running mate, Vice President Walter Mondale; and Mondale