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Jimmy Carter Admitted to Hospital for Surgery to Relieve Pressure on His Brain

In this image taken from video, former President Jimmy Carter gestures at the annual Human Rights Defenders Forum at The Carter Center, Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Alex Sanz)

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was admitted to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., Monday evening for surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. The pressure was caused by bleeding that resulted from his recent falls. His spokeswoman, Deanna Congileo, said in a statement that Carter’s procedure is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

The Associated Press notes, “Carter has fallen at least three times this year, and the first incident in the spring required hip replacement surgery. He traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, and helped build a Habitat for Humanity home after getting 14 stiches following a fall on Oct. 6. And he was briefly hospitalized after fracturing his pelvis on Oct. 21.”

Carter was previously diagnosed with cancer in 2015, but survived and has been cancer-free since.

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