BREAKING: Former President Jimmy Carter enters hospice care at home

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Former President Jimmy Carter, 98, has entered home hospice care in Plains, Georgia, The Carter Center reported in a brief statement Saturday.

“After a series of short hospital stays, 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 statement says.

“He has the full support of his family and his medical team,” the statement also says.

“The Carter family asks for privacy during this time and is grateful for the concern shown by his many admirers,” the statement concluded.

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Carter was diagnosed with melanoma in 2015, but was cancer-free after treatment, The Hill reported. Carter was also hospitalized multiple times in 2019 to treat injuries he suffered after falling. One injury involved a broken hip; another injury required stitches.

Jimmy Carter, born James Earl Carter, Jr., is the 39th president of the United States. Formerly Georgia’s governor, the Democrat leader defeated then-President Gerald Ford, a Republican, in the 1976 election. He served one term in the Oval Office, from 1977 to 1981, losing to President Ronald Reagan, a Republican, in the 1980 presidential election.

One of Carter’s major accomplishments in the foreign relations sphere involved the Camp David Accords.

The Camp David Accords, signed by Carter, former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, and Israeli Prime Minister Meachem Begin, “established a framework” for an Arab-Israeli peace process. The Camp David Accords concluded in 1979.

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Carter established the Department of Energy in 1977 and enacted multiple programs under a newly-established Cabinet-level Department of Education in 1979.

Until 2020, Carter and wife Rosalynn Carter, 95, volunteered one week per year for Habitat for Humanity. Habitat celebrates the Carters as their “most famous volunteers.” Habitat describes its mission as “Seeking to put God’s love into action. . .bring[ing] people together to build homes, communities, and hope.”

Carter and wife Rosalynn founded The Carter Center, a not-for-profit nongovernmental organization, in 1982, in partnership with Emory University in Atlanta. The organization’s tagline is “Waging Peace. Fighting Disease. Building Hope.”

Carter won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”

The Carters have three sons, one daughter, 12 grandchildren (one deceased), and 14 great-grandchildren.

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