Former US president Carter undergoes liver surgery

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter spoke at the opening of a new exhibit, "Countdown to Zero, Defeating Disease" at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on Jan 12, 2015
Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter spoke at the opening of a new exhibit, "Countdown to Zero, Defeating Disease" at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on Jan 12, 2015 PHOTO: REUTERS

MIAMI, US (AFP) - Former US president Jimmy Carter underwent surgery on his liver on Monday to have a small mass removed, his Atlanta-based Carter Center said.

The operation on Mr Carter, 90, was carried out at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, a hospital statement said.

"His operation proceeded without issues, and the prognosis is excellent for a full recovery," it added.

Carter, who was in the White House from 1977 to 1981, has been an extremely active ex-president, volunteering, working as an elections monitor and lobbying for health campaigns via his charitable foundation in the developing world.

In May, Mr Carter cut short a trip to Guyana after he fell ill. He was flown back to Atlanta, where the next day he attended an event at The Carter Center, which he founded in 1982.