Former President’s Brother To Remain In ICU Another Day
ATLANTA (AP) _ Billy Carter will remain in intensive care at Emory University Hospital until Tuesday as he recovers from the surgery during which doctors found inoperable pancreatic cancer, a spokeswoman said Monday.
″He will remain in the ICU another day, not because he’s in critical condition, but just to give him a little more time to rest, a little extra attention,″ said hospital spokeswoman Catherine Grant. She said doctors listed his condition as stable.
Carter, the 50-year-old brother of former President Jimmy Carter, was admitted to the hospital last week. Doctors said after a six-hour operation Friday that the cancer was inoperable and Carter’s prognosis was poor.
Carter’s wife, Sybil, was with him Monday, Ms. Grant said.
″The family expressed sincere appreciation for the letters, cards and calls (he has received) from all over the world,″ she said.
Carter, who owned a gas station in Plains and described himself as a beer- drinking ″good ole boy,″ became a celebrity during his brother’s 1976 presidential campaign. He is now in the mobile home business.
His sister, Ruth Carter Stapleton, and father, James Earl Carter, both died of pancreatic cancer. His mother, Lillian Carter, died in 1983 of multiple cancers, including pancreatic cancer, bone cancer and breast cancer.