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Jimmy Carter Taken To Hospital After Collapsing

| by Lauren Briggs
Former President Jimmy CarterFormer President Jimmy Carter

Former President Jimmy Carter was rushed to the hospital on July 13 after he collapsed from dehydration while helping build a Habitat for Humanity home in Winnipeg, Canada.

The 92-year-old cancer survivor said he was feeling fine after the collapse, but he was nonetheless hospitalized as a precaution, reports CBC.

"President Carter has been working hard all week," the Carter Center, his nonprofit organization, said in a statement, according to The Washington Post. "He was dehydrated working in the hot sun and has been taken offsite for observation. He encourages everyone to stay hydrated and keep building."

President Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter, who were in the White House from 1977 to 1981, have worked on and helped build nearly 4,000 homes across the world since 1984. They were in the middle of a four-day trip to construct or repair 100 homes in Canada.

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"Housing affordability in Canada is at an all-time low," Carter said of the need to build more homes in the northern country. "We are proud supporters of Habitat for Humanity and grateful to everyone who is joining us in our efforts to bring affordable housing to families across the country."

The former first couple has long held a reputation for working hard without stopping and setting an example at a pace that can be hard even for younger volunteers to keep up with, notes CNN.

"This has been the main thing we do outside of Carter Center and outside of my political jobs," Carter told CNN while working on a site in Memphis in 2016. "It's a practical way to put my religious beliefs into practice over the years. We talk about poor people in need and this is the best way I know to close that gap between rich people and the people who've never had a decent place to live ... The idea of volunteerism, when we actually do some work side-by-side with people in need, has been put in the forefront of people's consciousness through Habitat."

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The Christian-based Habitat for Humanity charity has become synonymous with the former first couple over the years.

"I'm not sure people would have ever heard of Habitat had the Carters not gotten involved," said Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan Reckford. "I think they are the perfect example of how they put their faith into action."

There is no news yet on whether the remainder of the Habitat schedule will change and if the Carters will return to help on the construction sites, notes CBC.

Sources: The Washington Post, CBC, CNN  / Photo credit: U.S. National Archives/FlickrGeorgia Institute of Technology/FlickrU.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr

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