Former US President Jimmy Carter was recently volunteering at Habitat for Humanity, when he suddenly collapsed.
Mr. Carter, the US President from 1977 to 1981, has been a longtime supporter of Habitat for Humanity, and is known for helping the organization both financially and by volunteering. In fact, it’s rumored that he’s even close friends with the CEO, Jonathan Reckford.
Former President Carter was volunteering to help build a home in Winnipeg, Canada—everything seemed fine at first. The 92 year old former President was busy sawing away at a massive pile of wood, making boards for a staircase.
Then, seemingly out of nowhere, he suddenly collapsed. His bodyguards rushed over to help him, according to a Habitat for Humanity volunteer, and quickly surrounded him to protect him from any potential snipers or assassins.
It was later determined that the cause of Mr. Carter’s collapse was not due to any sort of malicious attack, but rather from dehydration. According to sources, Mr. Carter had been outside in the sweltering heat working hard since the break of dawn—a feat of incredible physical strength for a 92 year old man.
Mr. Carter’s bodyguards carried him to a nearby vehicle, presumably to shelter him from the heat—firefighters, paramedics, and an ambulance arrived within minutes to take over the situation at hand.
After escorting Mr. Carter to the emergency room at St. Boniface hospital, a motorcade of black vehicles parked outside to watch guard, lest any terrorists or assassins try to finish the job.
A spokesperson for Habitat for Humanity told the media that Carter is expected to be fine, but this still comes as quite a shock to Americans and Canadians alike. According to CBC News:
“Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter received medical attention for dehydration while in Winnipeg on Thursday, where he is helping build a Habitat for Humanity home.”
“The statement from the organization said that Carter was being rehydrated in hospital, and his wife was with him.”
“A Habitat volunteer told CBC News he saw Carter, 92, collapse after he’d been working in the sun for about an hour, using a handsaw to cut wood for a staircase.”
Despite Mr. Carter’s sudden collapse, he has urged the volunteer group to continue on with their day. “He encourages everyone to stay hydrated and keep building,” says Jonathan Reckford, CEO for Habitat for Humanity International.
“They were scheduled to be part of the build for Thursday and Friday. There has been no word if those plans have changed.”
“Reckford said any further information on Carter’s condition will have to come from the Carter Center, a not-for-profit organization founded by the ex-president.”
The last time former President Carter was in Manitoba was 1993, when he volunteered at the construction sites for a massive Habitat for Humanity project. The house that Mr. Carter was working on earlier today is part of a Habitat “blitz,” according to CBC, aiming to build 150 new homes in just 1 week.