President Carter collapses from dehydration in Winnipeg

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was rushed to hospital on Thursday after becoming dehydrated at a charity house-building project in Canada.

"President Carter was dehydrated working in the hot sun in Winnipeg during the Carter Work Project", read a statement from Habitat for Humanity, an organization he has long supported.

Carter was "getting medical attention after collapsing at a Habitat for Humanity building site in Winnipeg" on July 13, according to Metro News, a Canadian news site.

"[He] told us he's OK and being taken off site for observation", the spokesman said. Carter was headed to Winnipeg's St. Boniface Hospital to be checked over.

"He encourages everyone to stay hydrated and keep building", a spokesperson told media.

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Carter is 92 years old.

Carter - the USA president from 1977 to 1981 - and his wife, Rosalynn, are longtime supporters of Habitat for Humanity and are helping the not-for-profit organization with a build in the city.

Thursday afternoon, a spokesperson for George W. Bush released a statement: "God Bless him, and we hope he is fine". Neither group said whether Carter would be hospitalized overnight.

Habitat for Humanity issued an update on Carter's health just after 11:30 a.m.

The former president and his wife, Rosalynn, are longtime supporters of Habitat for Humanity.

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