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Jimmy Carter in hospital following brain procedure

Former US President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter attend at the game between the Atlanta Hawks and the New York Knicks at State Farm Arena. Image copyright Dale Zanine-USA TODAY/Reuters
Image caption Mr Carter is said to be "resting comfortably" with his wife, Rosalynn, by his side

Former US President Jimmy Carter, 95, is recovering in an Atlanta hospital following a procedure to relieve brain pressure.

The pressure comes from bleeding caused by recent falls, the Carter Center said in a statement.

The procedure was completed without complications at the Emory University Hospital on Tuesday morning local time.

Mr Carter "will remain in the hospital as long as advisable for further observation," the statement said.

An earlier statement by the Carter Center said the former president was "resting comfortably" and his wife, Rosalynn, was with him.

Mr Carter is the country's oldest living leader.

The Democrat was the 39th president, serving one term from 1977 to 1981. He was defeated in his re-election bid by Ronald Reagan.

Only one other president - George HW Bush - reached the age of 94. At 95-year-old Mr Carter is America's longest-lived president. Mr Carter, who left the White House in 1981, also has the distinction of being a former-US president longer than anyone else.

Since leaving the White House, he has remained active, carrying out humanitarian work with his Carter Center in recent years.

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Media captionJimmy Carter makes public appearance with black eye and stitches

In 2002, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work.

In May, Mr Carter underwent surgery for a broken hip after falling at his home in Georgia.

After a separate fall at his home, he made a public appearance at a charity event in October with a black eye.

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