Jimmy Carter released from hospital after successful surgery

Jimmy Carter released from hospital after successful surgery
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Former President Carter was released from the hospital on Wednesday following a successful procedure to relieve brain pressure caused by bleeding from his recent falls, The Carter Center said. 

Carter was admitted to Emory University Hospital earlier this month to undergo brain surgery to relieve pressure caused by a subdural hematoma. A Carter spokesperson said last week that were no complications from the procedure and that Carter would remain hospitalized "as long as advisable."

"He and Mrs. Carter look forward to enjoying Thanksgiving at home in Plains, where he will continue to recover," The Carter Center said in a statement. "The Carters are grateful for all the prayers, cards, and notes  they have received and hope everyone will join them in enjoying special thanksgiving." 


Carter, the longest-living former U.S. president, has suffered multiple falls in recent months. He was hospitalized in late October after falling in his Georgia home and fracturing his pelvis. The injury occurred just weeks after Carter required stitches above his brow following a separate fall in his home. 

The former president has continued to teach Sunday school and take part in charity events despite the injuries. He taught a 45-minute Sunday school lesson at the Maranatha Baptist Church just days after fracturing his pelvis. 

He also helped build homes for Habitat for Humanity in Tennessee just a day after getting stitches above is brow. 

The Rev. Tony Lowden, pastor of Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga., told reporters last week that Carter was in "good spirits" when he visited him at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.