Sunday, December 5, 2021

Former President Bill Clinton hospitalized for infection but ‘on the mend’

Former President Bill Clinton was admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center’s intensive care unit for a urinary tract infection that had spread to his bloodstream, his doctors told CNN on Thursday.

“He was admitted to the ICU for close monitoring and given IV antibiotics and fluids. He remains in the hospital under constant surveillance,” according to a joint statement Thursday evening from Dr. Alpesh Amin, president of medicine at UC Irvine Medical Center and Dr. Lisa Bardack, Clinton’s personal primary physician. He called on Clinton to protect privacy and security. Was in the ICU, not because he needed intensive care.

Clinton is in good spirits, talking to family and staff, and is up and running according to both her doctors and her staff. The 42nd president is angry that he has to stay in the hospital, but is talking and joking, said Angel Ureena, a spokeswoman. He has two books, including Colson Whitehead’s “Harlem Shuffle,” and Hillary Clinton visited him Friday morning.

President Joe Biden also spoke with the former president on the phone on Friday.

“After two days of treatment, his white blood cell count is decreasing and he is responding well to antibiotics,” the doctors said. “We hope he goes home soon.”

According to a source familiar with the situation, as of Friday afternoon, Clinton was being monitored in hospital, and had continued to show signs of improvement.

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Clinton, who was in California for a private event for her foundation, felt tired on Tuesday and was hospitalized after testing, according to her office. A Clinton spokeswoman told CNN that Hillary Clinton went to the event Thursday evening to “represent both” and then went to the hospital with the former president.

The former president’s doctors said urinary infections are very common in older people, and they are easily treated, although they can quickly spread into the bloodstream. Clinton will be given intravenous antibiotics until Friday, when she will be switched to oral antibiotics. Doctors said all his vital measurements are stable.

Clinton, 75, had quadruple bypass heart surgery in 2004 and two stents were inserted to open an artery in 2010. But his doctors insisted that his hospitalization was not related to the heart or Covid-19.

Ureena said on Thursday that the former president is “well” and “in good spirits”.

“On Tuesday evening, President Clinton was admitted to UCI Medical Center for treatment for a non-Covid-related infection. She is in good spirits, and is incredibly grateful for the doctors, nurses and staff providing excellent care,” Ureena said.

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