Former President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981) was admitted Monday night to an Atlanta hospital to be operated on Tuesday night for a cerebral hemorrhage resulting from his recent falls, the Carter Center reported in a statement.
The goal of the medical procedure is “to relieve the pressure on the brain, caused by bleeding due to his recent falls,” the Carter Center explained.
The 95-year-old former president is “resting comfortably” at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, with his 92-year-old wife, Rosalynn.
The operation will be Tuesday morning, according to the Carter Center, which refused to provide more details about the former president’s health.
In recent months the former president has suffered three falls. Three weeks ago, at the end of October, Carter suffered a fall at his home in Plains, Georgia, which resulted in a minor fracture of his pelvis, but from which he recovered without complications and left the hospital a few days later.
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 the history of the U.S. at 95, one more than former Republican George H.W. Bush (1989-1993) had when he died last November.
Despite his age, Carter has remained remarkably active and has driven numerous initiatives from the non-governmental organization that bears his name and that he created in 1982 with his wife.
Carter, who governed between 1977 and 1981, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his humanitarian work.
Carter’s 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 country’s political life 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 some 20 books since leaving the White House, in addition to giving catechesis every week in a Baptist church in his hometown of Plains (Georgia).
In 2017, Carter generated controversy among Democrats by saying that “the media has been tougher on (Donald) Trump than any other president,” although he also pointed out that the current president was “exacerbating” racial tensions in the country.
Carter’s apparent iron health faltered in 2015, when he announced that he had four brain tumors, but after six months of radiation therapy and experimental drugs, he said he had successfully concluded his cancer treatment.