Former US President Jimmy Carter will stop receiving medical care and begin receiving hospice care. The 98-year-old would be moved to a hospice after “a series of brief hospital admissions,” the Carter Center announced in a statement on Saturday, February 18.
The quote from the statement was, “Former US President Jimmy Carter today chose to spend his final days at home with his family and accept hospice care rather than additional medical treatment.”
He has the support of his family and his medical team in full, it said. The Carter family appreciates the worries of his devoted following and asks for privacy at this time.
President Carter led the nation for a total of four years, from 1977 to 1981. He established the Carter Center in 1982, which has since supported other humanitarian projects.
For his part in co-founding the Center, which promotes international disease prevention and eradication initiatives, election monitoring, and peace debates, President Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.
He traveled to North Korea in 1994 on a peace mission for then-President Bill Clinton. He announced in 2007 that he was a member of The Elders, a group of independent international leaders, including Nelson Mandela and Kofi Annan, who work together on issues of peace and human rights.
President George H.W. Bush assumed the honor of being the president who lived the longest when he passed away in 2019 at the age of 94.
In 2015, President Carter was told that he had metastatic cancer, however, he did not specify where the disease had first shown.
Later that year, he disclosed that melanoma had been found in his brain and liver and that he had begun getting radiation therapy and an immunotherapy drug for treatment. In December 2015, he issued a statement claiming that all of his cancer-related tests were negative.
The lawmaker had many injuries from falls in 2019 and needed surgery to relieve pressure on his head caused by bleeding from the falls.
In the forty years since leaving office, he has penned 30 books, the most recent of which was published just five years ago.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Jimmy continued to teach Sunday school in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, and he and his wife Rosalynn, whom he married in 1946, spent a week each year helping with Habitat for Humanity.
The three sons of Jimmy and Rosalynn are named Jack, James III, Donnel, and Amy. They also have 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.