Former President Jimmy Carter hospitalized in Canada
Jul 14 2017
Former president Jimmy Carter was being treated for dehydration in Canada on Thursday, where he is helping to build houses with the charity Habitat for Humanity.
Canada's Global News reported the former president said "I'm tired" and sat down before he was taken to the hospital.
Carter was "getting medical attention after collapsing at a Habitat for Humanity building site in Winnipeg" on July 13, according to Metro News, a Canadian news site. Bodyguards rushed over and carried him to a vehicle.
President Carter is in Winnipeg for a Habitat for Humanity project.
"President Carter was dehydrated working in the hot sun". He later sent a message to the charity saying he was fine, that everyone should stay hydrated and keep on building.
President Carter led a morning prayer service from 8-8:30 a.m. Construction is set to wrap up at 4:30 p.m., with a break for a press conference at 10:45 a.m.
He and his wife Rosalynn were in Canada this week working with Habitat for Humanity to help build 150 homes in honour of the country's 150th anniversary, with a focus on Edmonton and Winnipeg. He has always been active with the non-profit group, which builds affordable housing for low-income earners.
Cheryl Pelletier, the homeowner contributed 500 hours of work on the home, and got an interest-free mortgage to pay for the dwelling for her and her children.
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.
CBC television said the 92-year-old appeared worn out and to have fainted at the charity event in Winnipeg. In August 2015, he announced the melanoma had spread to his brain, and he thought he had only months to live.