Jimmy Carter Collapses in Winnipeg Health Scare

JASON FRANSON  THE CANADIAN PRESSFormer U.S. president Jimmy Carter measures a set of stairs as he helps build homes for Habitat for Humanity in Edmonton Tuesday

Former US president Jimmy Carter became dehydrated while working on a Habitat for Humanity building site in Canada and was treated at a local hospital, his Carter Centre said.

Carter, 92, became unsteady at the construction site and slumped away from his work area to a chair, according to eyewitnesses, who said he was working for more than an hour on steps of the home, using a drill.

Winnipeg Regional Health Authority spokesperson Anne Bennett told CNN Carter was admitted to St. Boniface Hospital. His motorcade and ambulance were seen parked at the St. Boniface Hospital.

"President Carter was dehydrated working in the hot sun".

"President Carter told us he was ok, and he is being taken off-site for observation".

"President Carter has been working hard all week. He has encouraged everyone to stay hydrated and keep building", a Habitat for Humanity spokesperson tells PEOPLE. He has asked us to continue with our day, so let's talk about why we are here.

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.

The former president is in Canada as part of Habitat for Humanity's plan to build 150 houses in Canada, including 25 in Winnipeg, as part of the nation's 150th anniversary celebration.

Jim McGrath, a spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush, tweeted the 41st president's well wishes Thursday afternoon.

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