Jimmy Carter, the oldest living former president, has certainly seen his fair share of doctors this year, and this time he is recovering from brain surgery.
95-year-old Carter is now recovering after undergoing surgery to relieve pressure on his brain from bleeding linked to his recent falls. Rosalynn Carter, his wife of 73 years, is staying by his side during his hospital stay.
“She won’t leave his side,” Carter’s pastor, the Rev. Tony Lowden said.
According to Deanna Congileo, the spokesperson at the Carter Center, the former president will remain in the hospital for observation. However, it is unclear how long he will be hospitalized. Congileo said that there were no complications from the procedure, though.
The surgery was performed Tuesday morning at Emory University Hospital. It was for a subdural hematoma, which is a collection of blood on the brain’s surface beneath the skull. The procedure involves drilling into Carter’s skull to relieve the pressure on his brain caused by the buildup of blood.
“If anybody can make it through this, Jimmy Carter can. His will to serve is greater than his will to give up,” Said Rev. Lowden.
A subdural hematoma is usually caused by a previous head injury that is strong enough to burst blood vessels, and according to statements made by the Carter Center, the former president’s condition is related to his recent falls.
Carter fell back in May of this year, resulting in a broken hip. He underwent a successful hip replacement surgery. Afterward, he did not require a stay in an inpatient rehab center, but recovered at home with the help of a physical therapist.
He hit his head when he fell again at the beginning of October, only days after turning 95. That fall resulted in a black eye and 14 stitches above his eyebrow. However, his injury didn’t prevent him from showing up to help Habitat for Humanity build a home in Nashville, Tennessee.
Carter fell at home again in October, suffering a minor pelvic fracture for which he was hospitalized. We’re sending our best wishes for a speedy recovery.