Former President Jimmy Carter, 95, today successfully underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain caused by a subdural hematoma resulting from his recent falls, the Carter Center reported in a statement.
Carter, who governed between 1977 and 1981 and has reached several records for his longevity, was admitted Monday at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, and underwent surgery Tuesday morning.
“Former President Jimmy Carter is recovering at Emory University Hospital after surgery this morning to relieve pressure on his brain from a subdural hematoma. There are no complications from the surgery,” the Carter Center said after the operation.
The former president “will stay in the hospital as long as it is advisable to undergo observation” by his doctors, the organization added, which does not plan to issue further communications until Carter is discharged.
“The former president and Mrs. (Rosalynn) Carter thank everyone for the many good wishes they have received,” he added.
Carter has suffered three falls in the past few months, the last of which occurred in late October at her home in her hometown of Plains, Georgia, and resulted in a minor fracture of her pelvis, from which she recovered uncomplicatedly and left the hospital within days.
Previously, also in October, Carter fell and doctors had to give him stitches in an eyebrow; while in May, the former president broke his hip, also while he was at home, and had to undergo another surgery.
Carter is the longest-lived former president in U.S. history, 95 years old, one more than former Republican President George H. W. Bush (1989-1993) had when he died in November 2018.
The former president, who in 2002 won the Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian work, has remained remarkably active despite his age and has promoted numerous initiatives from the non-governmental organization that bears his name and that he created in 1982 together with his wife.
His presidential term lasted only four years due mainly to the impact of the 1979 US hostage crisis in Iran, and although the most conservative continue to criticise his administration, the Democratic leader continued to influence the political life of the country from a progressive perspective.
From The Carter Center, he has promoted advances in election observation, human rights and public health around the world, and has written about 20 books since leaving the White House, in addition to catechesis every week in a Baptist church in his hometown.
Carter’s apparent iron health faltered in 2015, when he announced he had four brain tumors, but after six months of radiation therapy and experimental drugs, he said he had successfully concluded his cancer treatment.