The Carter Center announced on Saturday that former President Jimmy Carter, the longest-living American president at 98 years old, has entered home hospice care in Plains, Georgia.
According to the statement, Carter “chose to spend his remaining time at home with his family and accept hospice care instead of more medical intervention” following a string of brief hospital stints.
According to the statement, the 39th President is fully supported by his medical staff, and his family “asks for quiet at this time and is appreciative for the care exhibited by his many supporters.”
Before the 1976 election, Carter was a little-known Georgia governor who had just started his presidential campaign.
After the Vietnam War and the Watergate incident, which resulted in the resignation of Richard Nixon in 1974, he defeated then-President Gerald R. Ford by capitalizing on his outsider status in Washington.
Carter had one turbulent time in office before being soundly defeated by Republican Ronald Reagan in 1980.
This crushing defeat finally prepared the way for Carter’s decades-long promotion of democracy, public health, and human rights worldwide through The Carter Center.
The facility was founded in 1982 by the former president and his 95-year-old wife, Rosalynn. In 2002, his efforts there won him the Nobel Peace Prize.
Jason Carter, the couple’s grandson and current board chair of The Carter Center, tweeted on Saturday that he had visited his grandparents. They are at ease, and their house is always filled with affection.
Carter, who spent most of his life in the Plains, frequently traveled into his 80s and early 90s, including annual trips to build homes with Habitat for Humanity and frequent trips abroad for the Carter Center’s election monitoring and effort to eradicate Guinea worm parasite in developing nations.
Carter, who has spent most of his life in Plains, was a lifelong resident of the United States. Yet when the coronavirus epidemic limited his public appearances, including at his beloved Maranatha Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School lessons for many years, the former president’s health deteriorated over his tenth decade of life.
Carter underwent liver surgery to remove a tiny malignant tumor in August 2015. The following year, Carter declared that he was done with therapy since an experimental medication had wiped out all evidence of cancer.
With family and friends in Plains, the little town where he and Rosalynn were born between World War I and the Great Depression, Carter celebrated his most recent birthday in October.
The Carter Center celebrated its 40th year of advocating for human rights last year.
Since 1989, the Center has been a leader in election observation, keeping an eye on at least 113 elections in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Only 14 human instances of Guinea worm have been reported, according to the organization’s most applauded public health initiative.
That represents a startling decline from 1986 when The Carter Center took the helm of the global eradication initiative, and 3.5 million individuals were infected. Carter once expressed his desire to outlive the last parasitic Guinea worm.
Carter was born on October 1st, 1924, to a wealthy family in a small town in south Georgia. He continued to the US. After Earl Carter passed away in the 1950s, he returned to Plains, Georgia, with Rosalynn and their young family to take over the peanut business.
After attending the Naval Academy during World War II and pursuing a career as a Cold War Naval officer.
The younger Carter, a moderate Democrat, rose quickly from the local school board to the state Senate and later to the position of governor of Georgia. He started his White House bid as an underdog with a broad smile, outspoken Baptist mores, and policy plans reflecting his education as an engineer.
He connected with many Americans because of his promise not to deceive the American people after Nixon’s disgrace and U.S. defeat in Southeast Asia.