Former US President Jimmy Carter will no longer be pursuing further medical treatment and will instead receive hospice care at his home with his family, according to the Carter Center.
Mr Carter, who is 98 years old, is the most senior surviving former head of state in the nation.
A Democrat held office from 1977 to 1981 for a single term.
He was unsuccessful in his attempt to win another term in office, losing to Ronald Reagan in the election.
He has been dealing with recent medical problems, including a spread of melanoma to his liver and brain.
He enjoys the backing of his relatives and his healthcare professionals.
The Carter family desires to be left alone during this period, and recognize the respect and sympathy that numerous supporters have displayed, said the Carter Center in a declaration on Saturday.
Jason Carter, the grandson of Mr. Carter, who had formerly served as a Georgia state senator, posted on his Twitter account that he had visited his grandparents the prior day.
They are in a state of harmony and – like always – their residence is full of affection.
He expressed his gratitude for the kind words that had been communicated.
This year, Mr Carter and Roslyn marked their 75th anniversary as a married couple.
They are the parents of four children.
Mr Carter was born in Georgia in 1924. He began his career in politics in the 1960s, being selected as a state senator, and was then elected as the state’s governor in 1971.
After a five-year stint, he was able to oust the incumbent Republican President Gerald Ford and was sworn in as the 39th US President.
Difficulties quickly began to arise for President Carter.
He found it difficult to convince Americans to embrace the austerity measures that went hand in hand with the high inflation and unemployment rates caused by the oil crisis at home.
The highlight of the Carter era was the inking of the Camp David Agreement of 1978, which resulted in Egypt officially recognizing Israel as a nation.
He also inked an agreement making Panama the recipient of the Panama Canal back.
In 1979, the final monarch of Iran was deposed and 66 US citizens were seized in the Iranian capital due to the ensuing disturbance.
In reaction to the situation, Mr Carter severed ties with Iran and established a commercial embargo.
The public was dissatisfied with the level of firmness he was exhibiting as the American hostages remained imprisoned for 444 days, resulting in a dip in his favorability.
His approval scores dropped even lower after an unsuccessful effort to save the captives, leading to the death of eight US service members.
Iran held back the release of the hostages until after Ronald Reagan had taken the presidential oath.
Since his exit from the White House, Mr Carter has kept himself busy with his humanitarian endeavors via the Carter Center.
He headed up a team that attempted to sway armed forces brass in Haiti to relinquish control in 1994 and he arranged a ceasefire in Bosnia that provided a pathway for a future peace treaty in the country.
He achieved global renown for advocating for human rights and was bestowed the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.
Nelson Mandela co-established The Elders, an association of international figures who pledged to strive for peace and human rights.
He consistently traveled around, even past his 90th birthday, and every year he contributed to Habitat for Humanity, aiding in constructing homes.
The ex-commander in chief has struggled with many health setbacks in recent times.
Mr Carter underwent surgery in August 2015 to have a malignant tumor taken out of his liver.
He declared the next year that he would not be needing any more medical attention due to an experimental medication that eliminated all cancer indications.
He has often appeared serene when tackling his medical problems.
He voiced his assurance in 2015 that he was totally okay with whatever happened.
I’ve lived a thrilling, risky, and rewarding life.
In October, Mr and Mrs Carter returned to their hometown of Plains, Georgia, to commemorate the former president’s most recent birthday. The town was founded between WWI and the Great Depression.
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