Former US President Carter in Hospital

 

The former President had to be rushed to the emergency room, after complaining of abdominal pains, while on a Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta Georgia to Cleveland.

Before being transported to MetroHealth Medical Centre, medical crews took the precaution to undertake an emergency check up as soon as the plane landed.

Doctors at the hospital reported that Mr. Carter was feeling well and was fully alert and participating in all the decision-making in matters related to his care. He is said to have had an upset stomach.

Current President, Barack Obama was among the first officials to call Mr. Carter, wishing him well and a speedy recovery.

Doctors at MetroHealth have decided to keep Mr. Carter in the hospital for further observations during the course of Wednesday, before any decision is made to release him.

Carter travelled to Cleveland as part of a tour of selected US cities to promote his latest publication, “White House Diary”. His hectic schedule was to take him to Washington on Wednesday but that appearance has now been cancelled.

Despite his age, Mr. Carter recently told CNN’s Larry King that he plans to remain busy for many more years, especially in the affairs of the Carter Centre. He said however that his hectic schedule would depend on whether he remains physically fit and mentally able. Carter, who turns 86 on Friday 1st October, also intends to continue his teaching assignment as a professor at Emory University.

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