Saturday, 23 September, 2017

President Carter collapses from dehydration in Winnipeg

JASON FRANSON  THE CANADIAN PRESSFormer U.S. president Jimmy Carter measures a set of stairs as he helps build homes for Habitat for Humanity in Edmonton Tuesday Former president Jimmy Carter, 92, 'taken offsite for observation' after he collapses from dehydration while working with Habitat for Humanity
Heather Davidson | 14 July, 2017, 00:46

Former President Jimmy Carter was hospitalized Thursday after collapsing due to dehydration on the construction site of a Habitat for Humanity house in Winnipeg, Canada. Canadian media outlets are reporting that paramedics went scrambling and an ambulance was sent to the area.

Carter, who served from 1977 to 1981 as the 39th USA president, has been in remission from cancer since undergoing surgery in 2015 to remove a small mass on his liver.

The former president's wife was with him at St. Boniface General Hospital. He later sent a message to the charity saying he was fine, that everyone should stay hydrated and keep on building.

"President Carter was dehydrated working in the hot sun". Any further updates will come from The Carter Center.

A subsequent statement from the Carter Center echoed the spokesman's remarks.

"Every night I'm thankful that I had another day of work and blessings and I get to wake up in the morning", he said.

"Habitat for Humanity is the best way I've found in my life to put my Christian faith into action", President Carter told volunteers Thursday, according to a tweet from Reckford.

The former president and his wife, Rosalynn, are longtime supporters of Habitat for Humanity.

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