Former President Bill Clinton will remain overnight at UC Irvine Medical Center, where he is being treated with antibiotics for an infection that has kept him hospitalized since Tuesday night, but a spokesman said his condition is improving.
Clinton, 75, “is continuing to receive treatment for an infection at UC Irvine Medical Center,” spokesman Angel Ureña said in a statement Friday afternoon. “All health indicators are trending in the right direction, including his white blood count which has decreased significantly. In order to receive further IV antibiotics, he will remain in the hospital overnight.
“President Clinton continues to be in excellent spirits, and is deeply grateful for the outstanding care he is receiving and the well wishes that people have sent from across America and around the world.”
Clinton also received a phone call Friday from President Joe Biden.
“Oh, I wanted to see how he was doing,” Biden told reporters while traveling in Connecticut. “He’s doing fine. He really is. And he’s going to be released from the hospital. And we talked about, which we were going to do before, getting together. I haven’t seen him in a while, and for him to come over and have some lunch and talk.
“He was very encouraging about why he thought the policies I was pursuing made sense but we didn’t get into much detail, except, it was mainly just seeing how he’s doing,” the president said.
Biden added, “He’s not in any serious condition. He is getting out shortly as I understand it. Whether that’s tomorrow or the next day I don’t know.”
Ureña said Thursday that Clinton was admitted to UCI Medical Center Tuesday evening “to receive treatment for a non-Covid-related infection. He is on the mend, in good spirits and is incredibly thankful to the doctors, nurses and staff providing him with excellent care.”
In a joint statement, Clinton’s doctors — Dr. Alpesh Amin and Dr. Lisa Bardack — expressed confidence he would be sent home soon.
“President Clinton was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center and diagnosed with an infection,” they said Thursday. “He was admitted to the hospital for close monitoring and administered IV antibiotics and fluids. He remains at the hospital for continuous monitoring.
“After two days of treatment, his white blood cell count is trending down and he is responding to antibiotics well. The California-based medical team has been in constant communication with the president’s New York-based medical team, including his cardiologist. We hope to have him go home soon.”
According to various reports, Clinton was admitted to the intensive care unit for treatment of a urinary tract infection that had spread to his bloodstream. He was treated in the ICU more out of privacy than the nature of the illness.
Doctors said Clinton would be receiving IV antibiotics, but they hoped to eventually switch him to oral antibiotics.
Clinton was the 42nd president of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. The Democrat previously served as governor and attorney general of Arkansas.
Clinton was in the Southland to attend events on behalf of his charitable foundation. Various reports indicated that Clinton’s wife, Hillary, attended a local event Thursday night on his behalf. The former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate was spotted at the hospital later Thursday night to visit her husband.
Dr. David Agus, a professor of medicine at USC Keck School of Medicine and a CBS News medical contributor, said Friday morning he had spoken to Clinton’s doctors, who said the former president became ill while attending a foundation fundraiser, experiencing nausea and vomiting. He was taken to the hospital, where doctors conducted a series of tests and detected the bacteria E.Coli in his urine, Agus told CBS News Friday morning.
Agus said doctors told him Clinton was doing “dramatically better,” and could potentially be released from the hospital over the weekend.
The former president’s spokesman told various media outlets Friday that Clinton was “up and about, joking and charming the hospital staff.”
In 2004, the former president underwent quadruple bypass surgery. In 2010, he had a pair of stents inserted to open a clogged coronary artery.
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