Tuesday 25 July 2017

Carter hospitalised after being taken ill on plane

Meghan Barr in Cleveland

Former American President Jimmy Carter, developed an upset stomach on a flight to Cleveland yesterday and was rushed to hospital.

Mr Carter's grandson, Georgia state Senator, Jason Carter, said his 85-year-old grandfather was doing fine.

"He's definitely resting comfortably and expected to continue his book tour later this week," he said. "I haven't talked to him, but nobody in the family is concerned."

Senator Carter said earlier on his Facebook page that his grandfather had left the hospital, but later said he had the wrong information. A spokeswoman at MetroHealth hospital in Cleveland confirmed he was still there yesterday.

Mr Carter was a passenger on a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to Cleveland when he became ill. After the plane landed, he was taken off by rescue crews, said Jackie Mayo, a spokeswoman at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

He was wheeled into an emergency room at MetroHealth on a stretcher and later was up and walking around, said Mary Atkins, who had taken her daughter to the hospital for medical treatment and saw Mr Carter from a nearby room.

"He walked by the room and he was saying he was ready to go," she said.

The Carter Centre, the Democrat's Atlanta-based think tank, said Mr Carter was expected to resume his book tour this week.

President Barack Obama, stopping at a restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico, said he planned to call Mr Carter to see how he was.

Mr Carter was scheduled to sign copies of his new book, 'White House Diary', at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in suburban Cleveland yesterday afternoon, according to the store's event coordinator, Calondra McArthur. About 500 people were waiting in line at the store, Ms McArthur said.

Irish Independent

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