TLANTA – Former President Jimmy Carter is recovering after brain surgery this morning at Emory University Hospital.
The Carter Center confirmed that there were no complications from the surgery to relieve pressure on his brain due to a subdural hematoma.
The swelling in his brain is due to multiple falls over the past six months.
The Carter Center said, “President Carter will remain in the hospital as long as advisable for observation.”
“President and Mrs. Carter thank everyone for the many well-wishes they have received,” the center released in a statement.
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter was by his side last night when he was admitted to the hospital.
Sources confirmed to Channel 2 political reporter Richard Elliot that Carter went to Phoebe-Sumter Hospital near his home before he traveled to Atlanta.
Elliot went to the hospital, where there were Secret Service agents and heavy security outside the emergency room.
Carter, 95, suffered a minor pelvic fracture on Oct. 21 when he fell in his home in Plains. He also fell on Oct. 6 which left him with a black eye and multiple stitches.
Carter was treated for the pelvis injury at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus. He returned to his Sunday school class just two weeks later.
Elliott attended the Sunday school service last week. Carter talked to a class of more than 100 students about his fight with cancer and his own mortality.
“I have, since that time, been absolutely confident that my Christian faith includes complete confidence in life after death,” Carter said.
Because of the most recent health scare, Carter’s family says he will not be teaching Sunday school this week. The family asks for thoughts and prayers.