ATLANTA — Former President Jimmy Carter has been hospitalized in Cleveland, after being taken there with an upset stomach.
Carter, 85, was a passenger on a commercial flight to Cleveland on Tuesday morning and became ill.
Jackie Mayo, a spokeswoman at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, says Carter was taken off the plane by rescue crews.
The Carter Center released a statement that said, “While on a flight to Cleveland, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter developed an upset stomach, and, upon arrival, was taken to Metro Health Hospital for observation. He is resting comfortably and is expected to resume his book tour this week.”
Georgia state Sen. Jason Carter said Tuesday that his 85-year-old grandfather is “doing fine”.He says “nobody in the family is concerned.”
Carter has been traveling to promote his new book, “White House Diary,” which was released last week.
President Barack Obama said he plans to call Carter to see how he is. During a stop Tuesday at a restaurant in Albuquerque, Obama told reporters he planned to call Carter as soon as he gets to Air Force One for his trip to Wisconsin later in the day.
In 2002, President Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work “to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development” through The Carter Center, which is based in Atlanta.
Carter lives in Plains, Ga. with his wife Rosalynn.