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Jimmy Carter Heads Back To Work After Hospital Stay

| by Robert Fowler
Former President Jimmy CarterFormer President Jimmy Carter

Former President Jimmy Carter has recovered from a brief health scare while helping construct houses in Canada. The former president and cancer survivor was treated for dehydration at a local hospital and resumed his work once discharged.

On July 13, 92-year-old Carter was using a handsaw for more than an hour in the hot sun while helping construct a staircase during a Habitat for Humanity project in Winnipeg, Canada. The former president became faint on the scene and was rushed to the local hospital for treatment, CBC News reports.

The Atlanta-based Habitat for Humanity was creating 150 homes across Canada to help commemorate the country's 150th anniversary. Carter and his wife, Rosalynn Carter, are prominent supporters of the organization and volunteered to participate in the project. They had already helped construct 75 new homes in Edmonton earlier that week.

"Housing affordability in Canada is at an all-time low," Carter said, according to The Washington Post. "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."

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On July 14, Carter was released from the Winnipeg hospital after being treated for dehydration. The former president first attended a morning devotional before resuming his work on the Habitat for Humanity project, AP reports.

"He and Mrs. Carter extend their appreciation for the many well-wishes he received worldwide," Carter spokesman Deanna Congileo said in a statement.

In August 2015, Carter was diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma. The cancer had spread to his brain and liver. Initially, doctors feared that the former president only had weeks to live.

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In March 2016, Carter announced a remarkable turnaround during his weekly Sunday School class in Plains, Georgia.

"I had an MRI ... and then the doctors determined that I didn't need any more treatments," Carter said, according to Newsweek. "So I'm not going to have any more treatments."

Admirers of the former president's continuing work ethic took to social media to commend his humanitarian service.

"Unreal," MSNBC producer Kyle Griffin tweeted on July 14. "A day after he was hospitalized for dehydration, Jimmy Carter is back at a Habitat for Humanity worksite."

"Jimmy Carter is 92, recovering from cancer, and still building houses for people in need," tweeted MTV political reporter Jane Coaston on July 13.

"Judge the presidency of Jimmy Carter how you will," tweeted freelance journalist Jamil Smith on July 14. "But he's 92 and is out building homes for Habitat for Humanity."

Sources: AP via Fox NewsCBC NewsJamil Smith/TwitterJane Coaston/Twitter, Kyle Griffin/TwitterNewsweek, The Washington Post / Photo Credit: Georgia Institute of Technology/Flickr (2), Commonwealth Club/Flickr

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