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Jimmy Carter Hospitalized After Volunteering In Hot Sun

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At 92, former President Carter is undeniably spry.

He survived a potentially deathly 2015 cancer diagnosis. He had metastic melanoma that had traveled to his brain and was treated with radiation and a new immunotherapy drug.

But Canada’s hot sun — and dehydration — sent him to the hospital Thursday.

He fell ill while participating in a Habitat for Humanity mission in Canada to build houses. He was with his wife, Rosalynn, in Winnipeg at the time. They were there for a week-long assignment.

According to CBC News, he’d been “using a handsaw to cut wood for a staircase.” Carter began his day with a prayer session at the site.

The Associated Press reported that firefighters and paramedics arrived to the site.

CBC reported that he’s “feeling fine” after receiving treatment.

Carter was the 39th President of the United States, serving just one term from 1977-1981.

Betsy Rothstein
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Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Betsy has been covering and torturing Washington media for the past three years. Early on she studied journalism in England, interviewing punk rockers in Piccadilly Square who stole her notebook and ripped it up. After graduating from Union College with a B.A. in Spanish, she began her journalism career in Cambridge, Mass., working for a Cuban newspaper where she conducted man-on-the-street interviews. She asked Latinos about their love lives. “Do Latinos make better lovers or what?” She soon moved out west to Denver, where she worked for two rival Hispanic weeklies for one year each. Next stop: J-school at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, where she earned a master’s degree. In the years following grad school she worked at the Boca Raton News as a business reporter followed by a brief stint as a press secretary for former Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.). She spent the next decade on Capitol Hill covering hard news, features and gossip for The Hill Newspaper. In 2009 she quit and moved to Portland, Ore. and wrote about the many long-haired men there who distinctly resemble Jesus. They weren’t all kind (one was fat and confrontational) but she got her story. Prior to joining TheDC, Betsy was the editor of FishbowlDC, a Washington media gossip blog.

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