Former US President Carter hospitalised in Atlanta for bleeding on the brain

Former US president Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn Carter at the NBA game between the Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks at State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia February 14, 2019. — Dale Zanine/USA TODAY pic via Reuters
Former US president Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn Carter at the NBA game between the Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks at State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia February 14, 2019. — Dale Zanine/USA TODAY pic via Reuters

ATLANTA, Nov 12 — Former US President Jimmy Carter was admitted to an Atlanta hospital yestertday for a procedure to relieve brain pressure from bleeding caused by recent falls, the Carter Center said in a statement.

Carter, 95, the country's oldest living president, was admitted to Emory University Hospital about three weeks after falling at his home in Plains, Georgia. He was released from the hospital a few days after that accident.

A previous fall earlier in October required stitches to Carter's face. In May, the former president broke his hip, also at home, requiring him to undergo surgery.

The procedure to relieve pressure on his brain was scheduled for Tuesday morning, the Carter Center said, adding that he was "resting comfortably," and that his wife, Rosalynn, 92, was with him.

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, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his humanitarian work, has lived longer after leaving the White House than any former president in US history. — Reuters

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