Jimmy Carter Back in the Hospital
WASHINGTON — Former President Jimmy Carter was hospitalized again over the weekend only days after being released, this time for a urinary tract infection, but he was recovering well, his office reported on Monday.
“He is feeling better and looks forward to returning home soon,” Deanna Congileo, his spokeswoman, said in a statement. “We will issue a statement when he is released for further rest and recovery at home.”
The statement offered few details, saying only that he was admitted “this past weekend” to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Ga., without saying exactly when or under what circumstances.
Mr. Carter, 95, who in March became the longest-living president in American history, has been hospitalized repeatedly in recent months for various falls and, most recently, for a procedure to reduce pressure on his brain. He fell and broke a hip in May, requiring surgery, then fell again twice in October, once resulting in 14 stitches days after his 95th birthday and then a second time fracturing his pelvis.
Last month, he returned to the hospital for surgery to relieve pressure on his brain caused by bleeding from his recent falls. The procedure was described as a success, and he was released last Wednesday in time for Thanksgiving after two and a half weeks at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
Mr. Carter, the 39th president, served from 1977 to 1981, presiding over an often tumultuous period in American history. He brokered a landmark peace deal at Camp David between Israel and Egypt and pushed through treaties turning over the Panama Canal, but he lost re-election after a long-running hostage crisis in Iran.
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