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Update On Former President Jimmy Carter’s Health Status Almost 6 Months Into Hospice Care

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Jimmy Carter faced several health challenges after leaving office as the 39th President of the United States. In August 2015, he had elective surgery to remove a liver mass, which led to the discovery of cancer that had spread. He underwent treatments, including surgery, radiation therapy, and immunotherapy, from August 2015 to February 2016.

His health travails continued as he fractured his hip bone during a May 2019 fall at his home in Plains, Georgia, and had hip replacement surgery. Later in October 2019, he had two more falls at home, resulting in stitches above his eyebrow and a minor pelvic fracture. On November 12, 2019, he underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain caused by bleeding from the series of falls he had suffered.

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Former President Jimmy Carter decides on home hospice care

DESERT ONE, Jimmy Carter, U.S. President, 2019. © Greenwich Entertainment / Courtesy Everett Collection

After a series of brief admission to hospitals, the former U.S. President in February entered home hospice care in his Plains, Georgia residence. The Carter Center announced Carter’s decision and intention to live a private life in his last years.

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“Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter today decided to spend his remaining time at home with his family and receive hospice care instead of additional medical intervention,” the organization wrote on its website. “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.”

The ex-president is faring well in home hospice care

Ever since the 98-year-old has been under hospice care, he has been doing remarkably well as he remains engaged in public discussions and stays updated on the humanitarian work conducted by his charity organization, The Carter Center.

MAN FROM PLAINS, former President Jimmy Carter, 2007. ©Sony Pictures Classics/Courtesy Everett Collection

In a May interview with the Associated Press, while attending an event honoring his grandfather in his home state of Georgia, Jason Carter revealed that his grandparents have been spending time together at their home. “They’re down in Plains, they’re together, and they’ve been together for 70-plus years. They’re coming to the end,” he told the press. “He’s going to be 99 in October, but right now, it’s sort of the perfect way for them to spend these last days – together at home in Plains.”

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