(NEXSTAR) – Former President Bill Clinton has been hospitalized in Southern California for a non-COVID-related issue, spokesperson Angel Ureña said on Thursday.
Clinton is dealing with an infection, but is “recovering” and “peaceful,” according to Ureña.
He is currently receiving treatment at the University of California Irvine Medical Center.
Ureña added that Clinton was “incredibly grateful to the doctors, nurses and staff who provided him with excellent care.”
A spokesperson for the 42nd president added the following joint statement from the medical center:
President Clinton was taken to the UC Irvine Medical Center and was diagnosed with an infection. He was hospitalized for close follow-up and given IV antibiotics and fluids. He remains in the hospital for continuous monitoring. After two days of treatment, her white blood cell count tends to drop and she responds well to antibiotics. The California-based medical team is in constant communication with the President’s New York-based medical team, including the cardiologist. We hope he gets home soon.
Alpesh Amin and Dr. Lisa Bardack
Since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health problems. He had quadruple bypass surgery in 2004 after experiencing prolonged chest pains and shortness of breath. He returned to the hospital for surgery in 2005 for a partially collapsed lung, and in 2010 a double stents were placed in a coronary artery.
She responded by adopting a largely vegan diet, reporting that she lost weight and her health improved.
He’s been back on the log multiple times, campaigning for Democratic candidates, especially for his wife, Hillary, during his unsuccessful bid for the presidential nomination in 2008. And in 2016, as his wife ran the White House as the Democratic nominee, Clinton—a grandfather and approaching 70 at the time—returned to his campaign path.
UCI Medical Center is in Orange County, approximately 64 miles southeast of Los Angeles. It wasn’t immediately clear why Clinton was in Southern California.