Former United States President Jimmy Carter, 92, was rushed to the hospital today after he collapsed at a charity event in Winnipeg, Canada.
A volunteer with Habitat for Humanity told Canada’s CBC News that Carter collapsed after working in the sun for more than an hour. The former president’s body guards immediately rushed to his aid and carried him to a vehicle. Paramedics arrived with an ambulance a few minutes later.
“He’s asked us to continue with our day,” Jonathan Reckford, CEO for Habitat for Humanity International told CBC News. “He encourages everyone to stay hydrated and keep building.”
President Carter was taken to St. Boniface General Hospital where he was re-hydrated. Former first-lady Rosalynn Carter was with her husband throughout the ordeal.
The Carter Center released the following statement, “President Carter has been working hard all week. He was dehydrated working in the hot sun and has been taken offsite for observation. He encourages everyone to stay hydrated and keep building.”
Together the Carters have been the most prominent supporters of Habitat for Humanity. They have helped renovate, repair, or build nearly 4,000 homes across the globe since 1984. They were visiting Canada this week to help construct and repair more than 100 homes in a four day period.
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