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Jimmy Carter, 99, marks one year in home hospice care

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Former President Jimmy Carter has now been in hospice care for a year.

The 39th president, who turned 99 in October, entered hospice care on February 18, 2023. The Carter Center announced that America’s longest-living president will spend “the remainder of his time” in hospice care at his home in Georgia instead of continuing his cancer treatment.

“After a series of brief hospitalizations, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has decided today to spend the remainder of his time at home with his family and receive hospice care rather than additional medical intervention,” the center said at the time. . “He has the full support of his family and medical team. The Carter family asks that their privacy be respected during this time and appreciates the concern expressed by our many fans.”

Jimmy Carter, the longest-lived US president, turns 99

former president jimmy carter (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images/File)

On Saturday, his family told USA Today in a statement about the 99-year-old: “The Carter family would like to express their gratitude for the many expressions of love they have received and for respecting their privacy during this time. Thank you for continuing to do so. My family is happy about this.” His decision to enter hospice care last year sparked so many family discussions across the country about an important topic. Ta. ”

Fox News Digital has reached out to the Carter Center for comment.

According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the majority of patients spend less than three months in hospice.

Carter was diagnosed with cancer in early 2015 after doctors performed liver surgery and discovered the cancer had spread to other parts of her body, the Carter Center said in a statement. .

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Former President Jimmy Carter arrives to attend the memorial service for his wife, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, at Glenn Memorial Church in Atlanta on November 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik/File)

In December 2015, Carter told her Sunday school class that she was cancer-free.

Carter’s grandson, Jason, said his grandfather was still receiving updates on the Carter Center’s humanitarian efforts and enjoying treats like ice cream in May.

“They’re just seeing family right now, but they’re doing it the best way they can,” Jason Carter told The Associated Press of his late grandfather and grandmother, Rosalynn Carter. We’ll be together,” he said. alive at that time.

Rosalynn Carter passed away last November at the age of 96 after being admitted to hospice care. She was at her home in Georgia at the time. Carter attended Rosalynn’s funeral.

“Rosalynn has been my equal partner in everything I’ve accomplished,” Carter said in a statement at the time. “She gave me wise guidance and encouragement when I needed it. As long as Rosalyn was in this world, I always knew someone loved and supported me. ”

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They were married for 77 years.

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