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Former President Jimmy Carter placed into hospice care


The Carter Center released a statement over the weekend, saying Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will enter hospice care, having decided “to spend his remaining time at home with his family.” Carter made his decision after “a series of short hospital stays.”

The statement said, “He has the full support of his family and his medical team. The Carter family asks for privacy during this time and is grateful for the concern shown by his many admirers.”

James Earl Carter, Jr., a native of Plains, Georgia, served as the 39th President of the United States, from 1977 to 1981. Prior to his Presidential Term, Carter served as Governor of Georgia. In 1982, in an effort to “advance peace and health worldwide”, Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter founded The Carter Center. Carter and his wife spent their post-presidency years engaging in philanthropic causes around the world including building houses for the poor, combating Guinea worm, promoting human rights in places of repression, monitoring elections, and seeking to end conflicts. His work eventually earned him a Nobel Peace Prize.

Carter, 98, is the longest living president in American history. He lives with his wife, Rosalynn, 95, in their modest ranch house that the couple built in Plains, in 1961.

Hospice is defined as care for terminally ill patients when the priority is not to provide further treatment but to reduce pain and discomfort toward the end of life. The former president Mr. Carter has defied illness and death for years, outlasting two presidents who followed him as well as his own vice president. He became the longest-living president in March 2019 when he passed former President George H.W. Bush, who died the previous November.


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