Former United States President Bill Clinton is currently hospitalized at the University of California Irvine Medical Center. At this time details are not 100% clear, but we know it is not heart related.
The 42nd President was taken to the University of California Irvine Medical Center with a suspected blood infection earlier this week. A joint statement from Dr. Lisa Bardack, Clinton’s personal primary physician, and Dr. Alpesh Amin stated that Clinton was admitted to the hospital for close monitoring, and was given IV antibiotics and fluids.
Clinton spokesman, Angel Urena, confirmed in a separate statement that the suspected blood infection is not COVID-19-related. It was also stated that the hospitalization is not heart-related.
The 75 year old Clinton was said to be “in good spirits” and “on the mend,” according to Dr. Urena. The doctors stated that after two days of treatment, Clinton’s white blood cell count “is trending down and he is responding to antibiotics well.”
They also added, “He remains at the hospital for continuous monitoring.”
Doctors said Clinton was admitted into the ICU for privacy and safety reasons, not because he needs intensive care. He has been up and walking, and talking to family & staff. Clinton was already in California for a private event for The Clinton Foundation. He had been feeling fatigued on Tuesday, and then was admitted after testing.
Urological infections are very common in older people, and are easily treated, according to Clinton’s doctors, but they can spread to the bloodstream. The former President will be given IV antibiotics until Friday, when he will likely be switched to oral antibiotics. His vital measurements are all stable.
Clinton has faced multiple health scares since leaving the White House in 2001. He underwent a quadruple bypass surgery in 2004 after suffering from prolonged chest pains and a shortness of breath. He then underwent surgery for a partially collapsed lung one year later. Clinton went under the knife again in 2010 to have a pair of stents implanted in a coronary artery.
(H/T to CNN