Former President Jimmy Carter has apparently been in and out of the hospital of late — pertaining to a number of ailments and injuries — but now … he’s entering hospice care.
A statement issued by the Carter Center reads in part, “After a series of short hospital stays, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter today decided to spend his remaining time at home with his family and receive hospice care instead of additional medical intervention.”
It adds, “He has the full support of his family and his medical team. The Carter family asks for privacy during this time and is grateful for the concern shown by his many admirers.” It’s unclear what Carter’s recent hospital stays are related to — but it’s sad news nonetheless.
The obvious implication is that Carter is on his last legs, and may well pass away soon — that’s usually what entering hospice care means … so, naturally, the well-wishes and salutes to his legacy are pouring in all over social media right now.
In 2019, Carter suffered a hard fall that left him rattled and in need of stitches. At the time, he also received surgery to relieve pressure in his brain, the result of internal bleeding from that same fall. Carter also beat skin cancer, which he’d been diagnosed with in 2015.
Carter, who’s now 98 years old, served as the 39th President, beating incumbent Gerald Ford. He served one term and was succeeded by Ronald Reagan.
He stands as the oldest living former president to date, and is beloved by many.