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POSTED: September 29, 2010 9:16 a.m.
CLEVELAND — Former President Jimmy Carter, on a trip promoting his new book, developed an upset stomach on a flight to Cleveland on Tuesday and was staying at a hospital overnight at his doctor’s recommendation.
Carter’s grandson, Georgia state Sen. Jason Carter, said his 85-year-old grandfather was doing fine.
“He’s definitely resting comfortably and expected to continue his book tour this week,” Jason Carter said. “I haven’t talked to him, but nobody
in the family is concerned.”
The former president planned to stay the night at MetroHealth hospital in Cleveland, according to a statement from the Carter Center, an Atlanta-based nonprofit known for its international work on human rights and public health.
“He is fully alert and participating in all decision-making related to his care,” hospital spokeswoman Christina Karas said. “The decision to admit him overnight is purely precautionary.”
Carter was a passenger on a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to Cleveland when he became ill. After the plane landed, he was taken off by rescue crews, said Jackie Mayo, a spokeswoman at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
He was wheeled into an emergency room at MetroHealth on a stretcher and later was up and walking around, said Mary Atkins, who had taken her daughter to the hospital for medical treatment and saw Carter from a nearby room.
“He walked by the room and he was saying he was ready to go,” she said. “They had Secret Service everywhere.”
President Barack Obama called Carter from Air Force One as he traveled from New Mexico to Wisconsin, White House spokesman Bill Burton said. Carter was feeling great, Burton said.
About 500 people waited in line Tuesday afternoon at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Cleveland, where Carter was scheduled to sign copies of his new book, “White House Diary.” The event was later canceled.
 

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