Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter rushed to Cleveland hospital

September 29th, 2010 - 12:15 am ICT by BNO News  

jimmy-carter CLEVELAND, OHIO (BNO NEWS) — Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was rushed to a Cleveland, Ohio hospital on late Tuesday morning after falling ill on a plane, officials said.

Carter, 85, was rushed to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland after his plane landed at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport at approximately 11.30 a.m. EDT. Jacqueline Mayo, a spokeswoman for the Cleveland Airport System, said Carter was not feeling well.

“Our folks were dispatched out and took him from the plane,” Mayo said. The ambulance transporting Carter then rushed to MetroHealth Medical Center with an escort of police and secret service vehicles.

“While on a flight to Cleveland, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter developed an upset stomach, and, upon arrival, was taken to Metro Health Hospital for observation,” said Deanna Congileo, a spokeswoman for Carter. “He is resting comfortably and is expected to resume his book tour this week.”

Carter was traveling to promote his new book, “White House Dairy,” which was released last week. He was scheduled to appear at the Cleveland location of Joseph-Beth Booksellers at 1 p.m. EDT to promote the book and sign copies.

Carter, who turns 86 on Friday, served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981 and was the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize.

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