Jimmy Carter Collapses While Building Home

Habitat for Humanity says former president suffering dehydration
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2017 1:40 PM CDT
In this photo provided by the Manitoba Government, former US President Jimmy Carter drinks while helping build homes for Habitat for Humanity in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Thursday, July 13, 2017. Carter was...   (Stacia Franz/Manitoba Government via AP)

(Newser) – Jimmy Carter was hospitalized in Canada after he collapsed while building a Habitat for Humanity home Thursday in Winnipeg, CBC reports. The 92-year-old former president was using a handsaw to cut wood for a staircase at the time. The reason given for Carter's collapse was dehydration. According to the Winnipeg Free Press, which has video of the incident, Carter had been working in the sun for about 90 minutes. Habitat for Humanity states Carter was taken to the hospital as a precaution and the former president is doing fine. "He encourages everyone to stay hydrated and keep building," Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan Reckford says. (Read more Jimmy Carter stories.)

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