Former US president Jimmy Carter getting home hospice care

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Former US president Jimmy Carter has entered home hospice care, the Carter Centre has said.

The charity created by the 98-year-old former president said on Twitter that after a series of short hospital stays, Mr Carter “decided to spend his remaining time at home with his family and receive hospice care instead of additional medical intervention”.

It said he has the full support of his medical team and family, which “asks for privacy at this time and is grateful for the concern shown by his many admirers”.

Mr Carter, a Democrat, became the 39th US president when he defeated former president Gerald Ford in 1976.

He served a single term and was defeated by Republican Ronald Reagan in 1980.

In August 2015, Mr Carter had a small cancerous mass removed from his liver.

The following year, Mr Carter announced that he needed no further treatment, as an experimental drug had eliminated any sign of cancer.

Mr Carter celebrated his most recent birthday in October with family and friends in Plains, the tiny Georgia town where he and his wife, Rosalynn, were born in the years between the First World War and the Great Depression.

Jimmy Carter Hospice Care
Former President Jimmy Carter (John Bazemore/PA)

James Earl Carter Jr won the 1976 presidential election after beginning the campaign as a little-known, one-term Georgia governor.

His surprise performance in the Iowa caucuses established the small, Midwestern state as an epicentre of presidential politics.

Mr Carter went on to defeat Mr Ford in the general election, largely on the strength of sweeping the South before his native region shifted heavily to Republicans.

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