Jimmy Carter treated for dehydration while working on homes in Canada

ATLANTA — Former president Jimmy Carter was being treated at a hospital Thursday after becoming dehydrated while working at a Habitat for Humanity project in Canada.

In a statement, Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan Reckford said: "President Carter was dehydrated working in the hot sun. President Carter told us he is okay and is being taken offsite for observation. He encourages everyone to stay hydrated and keep building."

Carter, 92, and his wife, Rosalynn, are in the middle of a project building houses in various Canadian cities.

CBC News reporters at the site said paramedics and firefighters moved quickly to the site and was taken to a hospital.

A spokesperson for Habitat for Humanity in Winnipeg said all additional updates would come from the Carter Center in Atlanta. 

The Carter Center confirmed Thursday afternoon that his wife was with him at the hospital where he was getting fluids.  

The Carters are longtime supporters of Habitat for Humanity. This week's project building houses in several Canadian communities is the 34th time the Carters have pitched in on Habitat projects, lending a hand and their name to promote the work. The couple, married more than 70 years, was planning to help with the Winnipeg build Thursday and Friday. 

In 2015, Carter announced he had melanoma that had spread to his brain. In March 2016, he said he no longer needed treatment.

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