UNITED STATES: Jimmy Carter, a former US president, will stop receiving medical treatment and enter hospice care at his home in Georgia, his foundation announced on Saturday.
The Carter Center stated Carter had chosen to “spend his remaining time at home with his family” but did not provide more details as to what had led to the choice.
Carter, 98, a Democrat who held office from January 1977 to January 1981, has lived longer than any other former president in American history.
“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,” a statement released on Saturday by the Carter Center said.
In recent years, the Georgia native has suffered from several health issues, including melanoma, which has spread to his liver and brain, even though he has responded well to the treatment he received.
The former peanut farmer’s turbulent four years in power were marked by domestic economic problems and the Iran hostage situation, which was resolved shortly after he left office. Carter, on the other hand, was a key part of the Camp David Accords, which led to the historic peace deal between Egypt and Israel.
In 1980, Ronald Reagan, a Republican contender and former actor who was then the governor of California, defeated him in a landslide.
The ex-President worked tirelessly for decades on humanitarian projects, which helped him restore his reputation.
In 2002, he was given the Nobel Peace Prize for his “tireless efforts to find peaceful solutions to international crises, to strengthen democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”
As a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, he was frequently seen working with a hammer to erect affordable housing. Carter has four children with his wife, Rosalynn, whom he married in 1946.
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