Former US president Jimmy Carter to receive hospice care at home after short hospital stays
Former US president Jimmy Carter has entered home hospice care following a series of short hospital stays, the Carter Centre has said.
The charity created by the 98-year-old former president said on Twitter that Mr Carter "decided to spend his remaining time at home with his family and receive hospice care instead of additional medical intervention".
It said he has the full support of his medical team and family, which "asks for privacy at this time and is grateful for the concern shown by his many admirers".
Mr Carter, a Democrat, became the 39th US president when he defeated former president Gerald Ford in 1976.
He served a single term and was defeated by Republican Ronald Reagan in 1980.
In August 2015, Mr Carter had a small cancerous mass removed from his liver. The following year, he announced that he needed no further treatment, as an experimental drug had eliminated any sign of cancer.
"He has the full support of his family and his medical team. The Carter family asks for privacy during this time and is grateful for the concern shown by his many admirers," the center said in a statement.
The Carter Center, which the 39th president and the former first lady established after their one White House term, last year marked 40 years of promoting democracy and conflict resolution, monitoring elections, and advancing public health in the developing world.