In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Former US President Jimmy Carter appeared to be fully recovered after he suffered dehydration while he was helping build homes for a charity in Canada. He was released from the hospital after spending the night on Friday and was well enough to address the project’s closing ceremony.
92-year-old Carter collapsed on Thursday at the construction site for Habitat for Humanity in Winnipeg. He was taken to St. Boniface General Hospital for tests and medical treatment.
Carter was up and smiling by Friday morning and returned to the site to help motivate the project’s last day.
Hours after the closing ceremony at Habitat for Humanity, Carter and his wife Rosalynn (89) attended closing ceremonies at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, which received a rousing ovation from the crowd.
Relaxed and fit-looking Carter got up on to the stage wearing blue jeans, a t-shirt and a light jacket. He saluted the Habitat’s members and volunteers and thanked them for their contribution.
“I look upon all the volunteers, in a very sincere way, as human rights heroes, and I thank you for it,” he said, and joked that his “bringing attention to this Habitat project was completely unintentional.”
The former first lady Carter assured the crowd that her husband received a clean bill of health after a number of tests during his brief hospitalisation. They even checked for heart damage.
The results showed “there has never been any kind of damage at all to Jimmy Carter’s heart,” she said. “I knew he had a good heart.”
After the health scare, many people showed their support for Carter who was a Democrat president from January 1977 to January 1981. He is also the longest living president after leaving his term at the office.
One of his best moments in his presidency was his role in brokering the Camp David Accords in 1978 which brought about peace between Egypt and Israel.
Although he was quite unpopular, it seemed he did more good after leaving office than what he could do in office. He received a Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian work in 2002.