Jimmy Carter hospitalised after suffering dehydration

Former President of the United States, Jimmy Carter was rushed to hospital on Thursday after becoming dehydrated at a charity house-building project in Canada.

His charity organisation, Habitat for Humanity however said he is doing “OK.”

Carter, 92, became unsteady at the construction site and slumped away from his work area to a chair, according to eyewitnesses, who said he was working for more than an hour on steps of the home, using a drill. Several workers helped him to sit, and he was later taken away by ambulance.

Carter was taken to St. Boniface General Hospital for treatment, according to the Carter Center, which is based in Atlanta.

“President Carter told us he is OK and is being taken offsite for observation,” Habitat said in a statement, noting he had been working in the hot sun. “He encourages everyone to stay hydrated and keep building.”

Carter, a Democrat who served in the White House from January 1977 to January 1981, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his humanitarian work.

Carter and his wife, Rosalynn Carter, have traveled around the world working with Habitat since 1984, according to the organization. She was with him at the hospital, the Carter Foundation said.



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