In what appears as miraculous, former US President Jimmy Carter announced today that the cancer that has afflicted him in the brain is gone! “My most recent MRI brain scan did not reveal any signs of the original cancer spots nor any new ones, the former President announced during a Sunday school class in Plains, Georgia. Carter is 91 years old.
Mr Carter, who was president from 1977 to 1981 and won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, revealed his illness in August. He is a born again Christian. This miraculous healing defies medical explanation as medical scientists acknowledge cancer as a degenerative and incurable disease. Millions of people die every year, all over the world on cancer related ailments.
Born in Plains, Georgia in 1924, as a child, Jimmy was expected to work long hours on the farm, and home life was austere. His nearest neighbours were his black staff who became his closest friends.When his father died of cancer, Jimmy Carter abandoned a seven-year career in the navy as a submariner to take control of the family farm. He turned its fortunes around and became wealthy in the process.
He entered politics in the 1960s, elected first as Georgia state senator during a special election – starting his campaign only two weeks before voting. After an initial defeat for the governorship of Georgia, he was elected to the state’s top office in 1970 – a position he would use as a springboard to the White House. As a office holder, Mr Carter was driven by a mixture of born-again Christian spirit, a sense of independence and a liberal tradition. The latter was inherited, not from his father, who was a white segregationist, but from his mother, Lillian, who joined the Peace Corps at the age of 68, and spent two years working as a nurse in India.
His sister, a faith healer, had by then convinced him to commit himself totally to God. As president, he continued to preach at Sunday school for children and always said grace before meals, even at state dinners with foreign leaders.
Doctors have been treating four small melanoma lesions on his brain. Last month, Mr Carter said he was responding well to treatment and there were no signs of further cancer growth.
Jill Stuckey, a member of the congregation at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, told the Atlanta Journal- Constitution newspaper that Mr Carter had been teaching the class of about 350 people when he made the announcement.”He said he got a scan this week and the cancer was gone,” she said, adding that the”church, everybody here, just erupted in applause.” Mr Carter revealed in August that cancer initially found in his liver had spread to four spots on his brain. The lesion on his liver was removed on 12 August.
After leaving the White House, Mr Carter founded the Carter Centre, which focuses on human-rights efforts and political mediation. He has remained active with the centre ever since.
Mr Carter – a Georgia Democrat – won the Nobel Peace prize for his commitment to finding peaceful solutions to international conflicts and his work with human rights and democracy initiatives.
With additional reports from BBC