Jimmy Carter 'Up and Walking" Following Brain Surgery, Pastor Says
By R.J. Johnson - @rickerthewriter
November 14, 2019
Former President Jimmy Carter is back "up and walking" after undergoing brain surgery to help relieve pressure from bleeding causing by recent falls at his home in Plains, Georgia, according to his pastor.
The Rev. Tony Lowden, pastor at Marantha Baptist Church, told reporters on Wednesday that the 95-year-old Carter was in "good spirits," the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported.
Carter was admitted to the hospital on Monday to undergo the procedure on Tuesday that went well, according to a spokesperson with the Carter Center. There were no complications and the president would remain hospitalized "as long as advisable."
The former president was hospitalized last month after he fractured his pelvis at his home in Plains, Georgia. It was the third time this year the nation's 39th president had fallen and injured himself. Previously, he had to get stitches above his brow after falling at his home on Oct. 6. In May, Carter underwent surgery after he broke his hip during a fall before going turkey hunting.
“President and Mrs. Carter thanks everyone for the many well-wishes they have received,” the statement from the Carter Center said.
Carter made headlines earlier this month after he told a crowd of Sunday church-goers that he was "at ease with death" and had been for several years after he was diagnosed with cancer in 2015.
"I, obviously, prayed about it. I didn’t ask God to let me live, but I just asked God to give me a proper attitude toward death. And I found that I was absolutely and completely at ease with death. It didn’t really matter to me whether I died or lived,"Carter said, according to the Church's Facebook Live video of the former president's sermon. "I have, since that time, been absolutely confident that my Christian faith includes complete confidence in life after death.
“So, I’m going to live again after I die. Don’t know what form I’ll take, or anything."
Carter was elected president in 1976, serving only one term before losing to Ronald Reagan in 1980. The former president used his time after leaving office to work for charitable causes, such as Habitat for Humanity, hurricane relief and the Carter Center, which has dedicated itself to the elimination of the Guinea worm disease.
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