Politics

Former US President Carter home for the holidays after surgery

Key Points
  • Carter was released on Wednesday morning "after successful surgery and recovery to relieve pressure on his brain caused by a subdural hematoma," the Carter Center said in a statement.
  • The former president will head home to spent holidays with his family, according to a Carter Center statement.
  • A Nobel Peace Prize winner, Carter has become an internationally known humanitarian and global fixture following his one-term presidency, which ended in early 1981.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter speaks to the congregation at Maranatha Baptist Church before teaching Sunday school in his hometown of Plains, Georgia on April 28, 2019. Carter, 94, has taught Sunday school at the church on a regular basis since leaving the White House in 1981.
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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was discharged from a hospital in Georgia on Wednesday after a successful surgery to relieve pressure on his brain, heading home one day before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Carter, 95, had been hospitalized at Emory University in Atlanta in the latest episode in a string of recent health scares for the nation's oldest living former president.

He was released on Wednesday morning "after successful surgery and recovery to relieve pressure on his brain caused by a subdural hematoma," the Carter Center said in a statement.

"He and Mrs. Carter look forward to enjoying Thanksgiving at home in Plains, where he will continue to recover. The Carters are grateful for all the prayers, cards, and notes they have received and hope everyone will join them in enjoying a special Thanksgiving," the center said in a statement.

A Nobel Peace Prize winner, Carter has become an internationally known humanitarian and global fixture following his one-term presidency, which ended in early 1981.

He has continued to do work for the nonprofit Habitat for Humanity despite his recent health scares, including recent falls at his Georgia home that led to a minor pelvic fracture and bleeding.