Former President Bill Clinton has been released from a Southern California hospital after battling an infection.
President Clinton had been admitted on Tuesday to the UC Irvine Medical Center after being diagnosed with a urological infection that had spread to his bloodstream, NBC News first reported on Friday. His wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and his daughter Chelsea Clinton were both by his side at the hospital.
The cause for the extended hospitalization was that President Clinton was receiving his medication intravenously, not orally, according to his spokesman, Angel Ureña. Another source close to the Clintons told NBC News that the former president had been in intensive care because the hospital needed to isolate him, not because his care required it. President Clinton was reportedly up and moving soon after treatment during his stay at UC Irvine Medical Center and joking about the poor quality of the hospital food with the staff.
Statement from Dr. Alpesh N. Amin, Chair, Department of Medicine and Executive Director, Hospital Medicine at UC Irvine Health, who has been overseeing the team of doctors treating President Clinton pic.twitter.com/n3mJHesjfC
— Angel Ureña (@angelurena) October 17, 2021
“His fever and white blood cells count are normalized and he will return home to New York to finish his course of antibiotics. On behalf of everyone at UC Irvine Medical Center, we were honored to have treated him and will continue to monitor his progress,” said Dr. Alpesh N. Amin, Chair of the department of medicine and executive director of the Hospital Medicine at UC Irvine Health in a statement.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 17, 2021
The former president is no stranger to medical procedures. In 2004, he underwent a quadruple bypass operation at the hospital to reroute his blood supply to circumvent four severely clogged arteries. President Clinton had complained of chest pains and shortness of breath. A team of surgeons then found extensive signs of heart disease, with blockages in some of Clinton’s arteries at well over 90 percent, it was reported at the time. And In 2010, President Clinton went back to New York-Presbyterian Hospital to undergo another heart procedure, this time to insert two stents into a coronary artery.
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Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton were scheduled to attend a private Clinton Foundation event in California Thursday evening.