CLEVELAND - Former President Jimmy Carter has been released from the hospital after experiencing an upset stomach during a flight to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Tuesday morning.
Cleveland Hopkins Airport officials told NewsChannel5 that airport EMS crews were called to an incoming Delta flight at 11:30 a.m. for a passenger who felt sick. Upon arrival, they learned that the passenger was President Jimmy Carter. Airport EMS crews did an initial checkup of him on scene to see if he was OK, and he was then transported to MetroHealth Medical Center.
A grandson of former President Jimmy Cartertold the Associated Press that he has since been released.
President Carter's team issued this statement Tuesday afternoon shortly after he was admitted:
"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. "
NewsChannel5 crews at MetroHealth Medical Center said an ambulance arrived with Secret Service crews and an Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser following it. People in the emergency room at the hospital told our crew they were kicked out because they were told “President Carter is coming.”
President Carter, 85, was expected at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Legacy Village at noon to sign his new book, titled "White House Diary." That event has been canceled.
Carter, a Democrat, was the 39th president of the United States, serving from 1977 to 1981.