Carter back in hospital for infection

Credit: AP Photo/John Amis

Credit: AP Photo/John Amis

Just days after being released from the hospital following brain surgery, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was admitted to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus for treatment for a urinary tract infection.

A spokeswoman for Carter said he was admitted this weekend.

“He is feeling better and looks forward to returning home soon,” said Deanna Congileo. “We will issue a statement when he is released for further rest and recovery at home.”

Last Wednesday, on the eve of Thanksgiving, and with little fanfare, Carter was released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after successful surgery to address bleeding on his brain.

The 95-year-Carter had been recovering at Emory for two weeks after it was discovered that he had a subdural hematoma, likely caused by a recent series of falls.

At the time, his representatives said that he was looking forward to a quiet Thanksgiving at home.

It is unclear what day over the weekend he went to Phoebe Sumter.

Carter has fallen at least three times in 2019 in which he needed medical attention or required hospitalization.

In May, he fell and broke his hip while preparing to go turkey hunting on his Plains farm. In mid-October, he fell again at his home and fractured his pelvis.

Both of those required lengthy hospital stays.

But in early October, just as he was about to board a flight to participate in a Habitat for Humanity project, he fell and bumped his head, suffering a black eye and requiring 14 stitches.

He was not hospitalized for the fall and made it to Tennessee for the event the same day.