Jimmy Carter recovering after undergoing surgery to relieve pressure on brain

ATLANTA – Former President Jimmy Carter is recovering after undergoing surgery Tuesday morning to relieve pressure on his brain.

The Carter Center said there are "no complications" from the surgery, and Carter is recovering at Emory University Hospital.

"President Carter will remain in the hospital as long as advisable for observation," the organization said in a tweet. "We do not anticipate any further statements until he is released from the hospital. President and Mrs. Carter thank everyone for the many well-wishes they have received."

The Carter Center said in a statement Monday that the pressure on his brain was caused by bleeding from some recent falls.

Carter, the oldest living former president, suffered a minor pelvic fracture after a fall at his home in Plains, Georgia, in late October.

On Oct. 6, he fell and hit his forehead on a sharp edge at his home. The injury required 14 stitches and left him with a bruised left eye.

“President Carter is resting comfortably, and his wife, Rosalynn, is with him,” the statement concludes.

Tourists visiting the Carter Center Museum in Atlanta on Tuesday said they admired Carter for his tenacity after the health scares and medical procedures. Carter remains active, teaching Sunday School at his church and building homes with Habitat for Humanity.

“You look at all these other presidents and what they did after they got out of their presidency, he is just driving them into the ground,” said William Willkom, who traveled from Moorhead, Minnesota, with his wife to see the Carter Center. “He’s constantly busy doing stuff.”

Michael and Annette Dillingham of Plano, Texas, said they were concerned about Carter’s health and wished him peace.

“I respect the man and all that he’s done for people,” said Annette Dillingham, 70. “I don’t want anybody to hurt. When God decides that it’s time for him to go and he doesn’t have anything left for Jimmy to do here, it’s OK.”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Jimmy Carter hospitalized for surgery to relieve pressure on his brain