Jimmy Carter treated for de­hy­dra­tion after day in sun

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - STEVE LAM­BERT

WIN­NIPEG — Former United States pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter was taken to hospi­tal Thurs­day after he be­came de­hy­drated while vol­un­teer­ing with Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity, the in­ter­na­tional home-build­ing char­ity he has sup­ported for decades.

Carter, 92, was in Win­nipeg help­ing to build a set of stairs, along­side vol­un­teers in­clud­ing Man­i­toba Fam­i­lies Min­is­ter Scott Field­ing, when he be­gan to feel weak after two hours in the sun.

“He had just said that he needed to take a break and so he sat down — there was a chair that was close to him,” Field­ing said.

“He sat down there and his se­cret se­cu­rity were there as well. They hy­drated him, giv­ing him some wa­ter and some Ga­torade.”

Carter re­quired as­sis­tance to walk to a nearby trailer and was taken soon after­ward by am­bu­lance across town to St. Boni­face Gen­eral Hospi­tal.

“We were out in the hot sun, and you’re do­ing a lot of work. No mat­ter what age you are, you’re go­ing to get de­hy­drated,” Field­ing said.

The chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity In­ter­na­tional said Carter re­ceived med­i­cal at­ten­tion as a pre­cau­tion, but was fine.

“He has been taken off­site for ob­ser­va­tion. He en­cour­ages every­one to stay hy­drated and to keep build­ing,” Jonathan Reck­ford said.

Carter was in Ed­mon­ton ear­lier this week help­ing Habi­tat For Hu­man­ity, which builds af­ford­able hous­ing for low-in­come earn­ers.

Carter served as U.S. pres­i­dent from 1977 to 1981. He was di­ag­nosed with melanoma in 2015 and was treated with an im­munother­apy drug. He said months later med­i­cal scans no longer showed any can­cer.

His wife, Ros­alynn, was with him at the project Thurs­day and by his side at the hospi­tal. The St. Boni­face Gen­eral Hospi­tal Re­search Foun­da­tion gave its an­nual In­ter­na­tional Award to the then first lady in 1979.

In an in­ter­view with Cana­dian Press ear­lier this week, Carter said that Cana­dian gov­ern­ments should con­sider em­u­lat­ing the non­profit group he has pro­moted for years as a way to al­le­vi­ate an af­ford­able hous­ing crunch.

STACIA FRANZ, MAN­I­TOBA GOV­ERN­MENT, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Former U.S. pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter is seen Thurs­day build­ing stairs at a Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity home in Win­nipeg.

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