Former President Jimmy Carter was released from a Georgia hospital Wednesday after undergoing surgery earlier this month to relieve pressure on his brain caused by bleeding related to recent falls.
A statement from the Carter Center said he was released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after the operation to address a subdural hematoma, a technical term for blood that has collected between the skull and the brain.
“He and Mrs. Carter look forward to enjoying Thanksgiving at home” in Plains, Georgia, “where he will continue to recover,” read the statement. “The Carters are grateful for all the prayers, cards, and noted they have received and hope everyone will join them in enjoying a special Thanksgiving.”
The 95-year-old former president was admitted to the hospital on Nov. 11 and had the surgery the following day without any complications, the Carter Center said in an earlier statement. It said he would stay in the hospital to recover “as long as advisable for observation.”
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The center said at that time the bleeding in Carter’s skull was caused by the falls he had suffered. The most recent occurred Oct. 21 at his home when he suffered a minor pelvic fracture.
That fall was just over two weeks after another one when he hit his forehead on a sharp edge at his house, leaving him with a cut that required 14 stitches and a bruised eye.
And Carter had another fall at home in May, which led to him undergoing hip replacement surgery.
Contributing: Sean Rossman and Adrianna Rodriguez
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