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Jimmy Carter’s grandson shares news about the former president’s health a year after he started hospice care at 99


A year has passed since Jimmy Carter, the esteemed former U.S. President, chose hospice care over hospital treatments, marking a significant moment in his life journey.

Despite his physical ailments, including battles with brain and liver cancer, a broken hip, and brain surgery, Carter’s indomitable spirit remains unshaken.

His grandson, Jason Carter, recently shared insights into the former president’s current state with CBS Sunday Morning. “After a year in hospice, on a daily basis, we have no expectations for his body. But we know that his spirit is as strong as ever,” Jason remarked, highlighting the strength and resilience that have come to define his grandfather’s legacy.

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Tragically, the Carter family faced the loss of Rosalynn Carter, Jimmy’s beloved wife of 77 years, in November, after her battle with dementia. Her passing was a profound loss for Jimmy, as noted by his doctor, Dr. Michael Raines. The couple’s enduring love and partnership have been a hallmark of their public and private lives, offering an example of unwavering mutual support.

Despite these challenges, Jimmy Carter’s journey in hospice care has become a beacon of hope and a topic of national conversation. Remarkably, he is among the six percent of individuals who survive beyond a year in hospice. The Carter family has expressed heartfelt gratitude for the overwhelming support and respect for their privacy during this poignant period.

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As the Carter family navigates this chapter, they acknowledge the significant impact of hospice care on family discussions nationwide, emphasizing its importance in end-of-life considerations.

As Jimmy Carter faces each day with his characteristic resolve, we join the chorus of well-wishers offering thoughts and prayers for his peace and comfort. Readers who wish to share their support for the former president are invited to leave a message in the comment section below.