Jimmy Carter de­hy­drates while build­ing houses in Canada

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA / OBITUARIES -

Former U.S. Pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter was treated at a hospi­tal Wed­nes­day after be­com­ing de­hy­drated while help­ing to build houses in Canada for Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity.

The 92-year-old former pres­i­dent known for his post­pres­i­den­tial hu­man­i­tar­ian work was taken to a hospi­tal in Win­nipeg as a pre­cau­tion for re­hy­dra­tion, spokes­woman Deanna Congileo said.

Habi­tat’s CEO Jonathan Reck­ford said the former pres­i­dent was “de­hy­drated work­ing in the hot sun” at a build site in Win­nipeg. Carter and his wife, Ros­alynn, are in the mid­dle of a project build­ing houses in var­i­ous Cana­dian cities.

“Pres­i­dent Carter told us he is OK and is be­ing taken off­site for ob­ser­va­tion,” Reck­ford said. “He en­cour­ages every­one to stay hy­drated and keep build­ing.”

Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity said any fur­ther up­dates would come from The Carter Cen­ter in At­lanta.

The Carters are prom­i­nent back­ers of the At­lanta-based build­ing char­ity. This week’s project build­ing houses in sev­eral Cana­dian com­mu­ni­ties is the 34th time the Carters have pitched in on Habi­tat projects, lend­ing a hand and their name to pro­mote the work.

Carter was di­ag­nosed with melanoma that spread to his brain in 2015 but an­nounced in March of the fol­low­ing year that he no longer needed treat­ment. Carter con­tin­ued to vol­un­teer for Habi­tat while be­ing treated for can­cer, work­ing along­side vol­un­teers at a home in Mem­phis in Novem­ber 2015.


Former U.S. pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter and a vol­un­teer help build stairs for a homes for Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity in Ed­mon­ton on Tues­day. Carter was hos­pi­tal­ized for de­hy­dra­tion Wed­nes­day after work­ing on the project.

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