Jimmy Carter Undergoes Surgery – 39th President Of USA Has A Small ‘Mass’ Removed From Liver

Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States of America, underwent surgery on his liver. The operation went splendidly, and the former president is expected to make a full recovery within a few short days.

Ninety-year-old Jimmy Carter was operated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, confirmed the Carter Center:

“Former President Jimmy Carter underwent an operation Monday to remove a small mass in his liver. The elective procedure took place at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta without issues, and the prognosis is excellent for a full recovery.”

The center did not disclose any further information about the elective surgery. Though, a “small mass” could mean anything from a malignant cancerous growth to simply a lump of tissue that bulged out, given the fact that it was “elective” surgery, it could very well be non-life-threatening and was simply concerning the medical faculty monitoring the health of the former president.

From the handful of living former presidents, Jimmy Carter is younger only to George H.W. Bush, but by just four months. Nonetheless, this makes Carter the second-oldest living U.S. President. Senior Bush too had to visit the hospital last month, but the reason was a little more serious. Bush suffered a broken neck vertebra, which mandated emergency surgery. However, doctors were able to work their magic, and he is on his way to recovery, reported Los Angeles Times. While Bush will have to wear a hard neck brace for a few days, Jimmy Carter needn’t don any protective medical contraption.

Despite his advanced age, Jimmy Carter leads a very active life. With a lot fewer visits to the hospital as compared to Senior Bush, Carter still travels frequently and even internationally. This year itself, Carter visited the Middle East and South America. However, his trip to Guyana to observe the country’s decisive general elections had to be abruptly cut short as he was not feeling well.

Interestingly, the Carter Center has never offered in-depth details about Jimmy Carter. When Carter returned from Guyana to Atlanta, the Center only said he was, “not feeling well.” The center was founded in 1982 by Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in partnership with Emory University, reported MSN.

Jimmy Carter recently released a new autobiography, A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety, which chronicles his stint as the president and his various other endeavors. Carolyn Kellogg of the L.A. Times had described the autobiography as “a warm and detailed memoir of his youth followed by a clear-eyed assessment of the issues he tackled as president and afterward.”

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