Jimmy Carter being treated in hospital for dehydration

The 92-year-old Carter became unsteady on his feet at the building project after working on some steps of the home for over an hour in the hot sun, according to Reuters.
By Ian Marsh | Jul 17, 2017
Former President Jimmy Carter was admitted to a hospital in Winnipeg, Canada, Thursday after becoming dehydrated while working at a construction site for the charitable organization, Habitat for Humanity.

The 92-year-old Carter became unsteady on his feet at the building project after working on some steps of the home for over an hour in the hot sun, according to Reuters. He was then taken in an ambulance to St. Boniface General Hospital for observation. His wife Rosalynn was with him.

"President Carter told us he is OK and is being taken offsite for observation," said Jonathan Reckford, CEO for Habitat for Humanity International, in a statement, as reported by CBC News. "He encourages everyone to stay hydrated and keep building."

Carter served as U.S. Democratic president from 1977 to 1981. He and wife Rosalynn have supported Habitat for Humanity for years and, in 2002, Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian efforts.

The former president and first lady are helping a push by Habitat for Humanity to build 150 new homes in Canada between July 9-14. The couple stopped in Alberta earlier in the month to help with home construction in Edmonton, the CBC News report said.

In August 2015, Carter revealed that he had a type of skin cancer that had spread to his brain. Amazingly, however, before the year was out, Carter announced that his latest brain scan showed he was free of the disease.

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