US ex-President Jimmy Carter declares he’s free of cancer

December 6, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter told church parishioners in his native Plains, Georgia, on Sunday that he is free of cancer, U.S. media reported.

The 91-year-old Nobel peace laureate and global humanitarian recently had a tumor from his liver removed, only to find four melanoma spots on his brain.

“Went for an MRI this past week and they didn’t find any cancer at all in the brain,” Carter said, according to NBC News.

A friend and parishioner of Carter’s told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he made the announcement towards the beginning of the Sunday school class he leads at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains.

“He said he got a scan this week and the cancer was gone,” church congregant Jill Stuckey told the paper by phone, adding that “the church, everybody here, just erupted in applause.”

Last month the Carter Center said the 39th president was responding well to treatment and that there was no evidence of new growth.

The former Democratic president won plaudits when he discussed his illness publicly in August, sounding serene and in high spirits, smiling often and joking with reporters in a thick Georgia drawl.

“You know, I have had a wonderful life. I have got thousands of friends and I have had an exciting and adventurous and gratifying existence,” Carter said.

His grandson James responded to the news stating: “See? I knew he wasn’t really human,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Meanwhile the Atlanta Braves baseball team congratulated Carter on Twitter, writing “We are so happy to hear that you are cancer-free, Mr. President!”

Several of Carter’s relatives died of pancreatic cancer, which tends to show up earlier in life.

Carter, a onetime peanut farmer and former Georgia governor, served one term as U.S. president, from 1977 to 1981.

Recommended: How Jimmy Carter has long pursued peace, justice and care for those on the margins

You may be interested

5 questions for a Quepos theater company
Uncategorized
134 views
Uncategorized
134 views

5 questions for a Quepos theater company

Elizabeth Lang - November 19, 2017

Quepos, a town on Costa Rica's Pacific coast and the gateway to the renowned Manuel Antonio National Park, has experienced…

Multipurpose malinche, an attractive and useful ornamental
Home Gardening
800 views
Home Gardening
800 views

Multipurpose malinche, an attractive and useful ornamental

Ed Bernhardt - November 18, 2017

Here’s another attractive ornamental that’s a favorite Costa Rican backyard patio shrub. You’ll find malinche (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) growing in just…

Costa Rican Friday Happy Hour #3: ‘El Otro Gol’
It's the weekend!
4447 views
It's the weekend!
4447 views

Costa Rican Friday Happy Hour #3: ‘El Otro Gol’

Katherine Stanley - November 17, 2017

Maybe it was this morning's story on what to expect at the World Cup 2018, now that the field of…