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Jimmy Carter hospitalised for brain surgery following recent falls

Carter was US president from 1977 to 1981.

Former US president Jimmy Carter
Former US president Jimmy Carter
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FORMER US PRESIDENT Jimmy Carter has been hospitalised for a procedure to relieve brain pressure after recent falls.

The procedure is scheduled for this morning at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, the Carter Center said in a statement.

Carter (95) has fallen at least three times this year, and the first incident in the spring required hip replacement surgery.

He traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, and helped build a Habitat for Humanity home after getting 14 stitches following a fall on 6 October.

And he was briefly hospitalised after fracturing his pelvis on 21 October.

In a statement yesterday, the Carter Center said: “President Carter is resting comfortably, and his wife, Rosalynn, is with him.” 

He received a dire cancer diagnosis in 2015 but survived and has since said he is cancer-free.

Carter was US president from 1977 to 1981.

Now, nearly four decades after he left office, the nation’s oldest-ever ex-president still teaches Sunday school roughly twice a month at Maranatha Baptist Church in his tiny hometown of Plains in southwest Georgia.

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