Jimmy Carter 'up and walking' after brain surgery

Jimmy Carter 'up and walking' after brain surgery
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Former President Carter is "up and walking" after undergoing a procedure to relieve brain pressure caused by bleeding from his recent falls. 

The Rev. Tony Lowden, pastor of Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga., told reporters that Carter was in "good spirits" after visiting him at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported

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Carter was admitted to the hospital late Monday night and underwent surgery the following morning to relieve pressure on his brain from a subdural hematoma, The Carter Center said.

A Carter spokesperson added that there were no complications from the procedure and that the former president would remain hospitalized "as long as advisable."

It remains unclear when Carter will be released. 

Carter, the longest-living former U.S. president, has suffered multiple falls in the past month. In late October, he was hospitalized following a fall in his Georgia home that resulted in a fractured pelvis. Just weeks prior, Carter required stitches above his brow after a fall at his home. 

The former president continued to teach Sunday school and take part in charity events despite the injuries. Carter volunteered to help build homes for Habitat for Humanity in Tennessee just a day after receiving stitches in early October. Earlier this month, he taught a 45-minute Sunday school lesson at the Maranatha Baptist Church.

Lowden told reporters that he was expecting to hear from Carter about Sunday school during his hospital visits. 

“I am going to tell him that we have everything in order at the church and he doesn’t have to worry about anything,” Lowden said. “There is no need to rush.”