Thursday, December 2, 2021

Clinton “doing fine” and will be out of hospital soon

Orange, Calif. (NWN) — Bill Clinton is doing well and will soon be released from a hospital in Southern California, where he is being treated, President Joe Biden said.

Biden said during remarks at the University of Connecticut on Friday that he had spoken to Clinton and that the former president “did his best.”

“He’s doing fine; he really is,” Biden said.

“He is not in any serious condition,” Biden said. “He’s passing out soon, as I understand it. Whether it’s tomorrow or the next day, I don’t know.”

Clinton, 75, who was admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center southeast of Los Angeles on Tuesday, was unrelated to COVID-19, his spokesman said.

An aide to the former president said Clinton had a urinary infection that spread to her bloodstream, but she has recovered and never went into septic shock, which is potentially life-threatening.

Clinton spokeswoman Angel Ureena said Friday that Clinton would have to remain hospitalized overnight to receive more intravenous antibiotics.

“All health indicators are headed in the right direction, including his white blood count, which has decreased significantly,” Ureena said in a statement.

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“President Clinton is still in excellent spirits, and she is deeply grateful for the excellent care she is receiving and the well wishes people have sent from America and around the world,” the statement said.

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The aide, who spoke to reporters at the hospital on condition that his name was not used, said Clinton was in the hospital’s intensive care section but was not receiving ICU care.

Aides said Clinton was reading books and watching TV coverage about his hospitalization. Hillary Clinton was with him in the hospital, although his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, was not.

In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced a health scare. He underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2004 after prolonged chest pain and shortness of breath. He returned to the hospital in 2005 for surgery for a partially collapsed lung, and in 2010 he had a pair of stents implanted in a coronary artery.

He responded by adopting a largely vegetarian diet, which led to his weight loss and improved health.

Clinton returned to the stump repeatedly, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably his wife, Hillary, during an unsuccessful bid for the presidential nomination in 2008. And in 2016, when Hillary Clinton sought the White House as the Democratic nominee, Bill Clinton — by then a grandfather and close to 70 — returned to the campaign trail.

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Associated Press writer Zeke Miller contributed from Hartford, Connecticut. Associated Press writer Alexandra Jaffe contributed from Washington.

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