WASHINGTON (AP) – Former President Bill Clinton was admitted to a hospital in Southern California with an infection, but he is “on the mend,” his spokesman said Thursday.
Clinton, 75, was admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday night for a non-COVID-related infection, Angel Ureña said in a statement.
“He is in a good way, in a good mood and is incredibly grateful to doctors, nurses and staff who give him excellent care,” the statement said.
A second statement from Clinton’s spokesman quoted Drs Alpesh Amin and Drs. Lisa Bardack, who said the former president has been “administered IV antibiotics and fluids”.
“After two days of treatment, his white blood cell count decreases and he responds well to antibiotics,” the doctors said. The California-based medical team has been in constant communication with the President’s medical team in New York, including his cardiologist. We hope to get him home soon. ”
In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health concerns. In 2004, he underwent quadruple bypass surgery after experiencing prolonged chest pain and shortness of breath. He returned to the hospital for surgery for a partially collapsed lung in 2005 and in 2010 had a pair of stents implanted in a coronary artery.
He responded by adopting a largely vegan diet that saw him lose weight and report improved health.
He repeatedly returned to the stump and fought for Democratic candidates, most notably his wife Hillary, during her failed 2008 presidential bid. And in 2016, when his wife applied for the White House as a Democratic nominee, Clinton – then grandfather and nearly 70 – returned to the campaign track.
UCI Medical Center is located in Orange County, approximately 640 miles southeast of Los Angeles. It was not immediately clear why Clinton was in Southern California.
Associated Press writer Robert Jablon in Los Angeles contributed to this report.