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Former US President Bill Clinton, 75, was hospitalized for an infection Tuesday at the University of California Irvine Medical Center and “is on the mend,” the hospital and its spokesman said Thursday.
Los Angeles (AFP)
Clinton “received treatment for an infection not related to Covid-19. He is recovering and in good spirits,” said a statement released by the spokesman for the former president (1993-2001), Angel Ureña, on Twitter.
The statement reported that Clinton was hospitalized on the night of Tuesday, October 12.
The medical center confirmed the information without giving additional details, but the former president’s spokesman released another statement signed by Clinton’s doctors.
The former president “was diagnosed with an infection,” the doctors reported.
The medical report released by the ex-president’s spokesman affirms that “he was admitted to follow him closely and administer antibiotics and intravenous fluids.”
“After two days of treatment, his white blood cell count is decreasing and he is responding well to antibiotics,” detailed the text signed by Drs. Alpesh Amin and Lisa Bardack.
According to ‘CNN’, Clinton, who was in California for an event, felt tired on Tuesday and, after being admitted, he was diagnosed with a urinary infection that spread to his blood system.
The doctors are in contact with Clinton’s medical team, including her cardiologist, as reported through her spokesperson.
“We hope to send him home soon,” they concluded, without offering discharge forecasts.
It was calm outside the hospital. The only thing that gave away the presence of the known patient was the group of journalists gathered in a parking lot.
Bill Clinton’s team stressed that the former president “is incredibly grateful to the doctors, nurses, and all the medical staff who offer him excellent care.”
In March of this year, Clinton joined former Presidents Barack Obama and George Bush for a campaign promoting vaccination against Covid-19.
“I want to be able to go back to work and be able to circulate again,” said the former president in the announcement that he intended to invite Americans to immunize themselves against the pandemic that has so far claimed more than 700,000 lives in the country.
The former president participated in the ceremony for the 20 years of the terrorist attacks of September 11 in New York.
Clinton was the 42nd president of the United States between 1993 and 2001. Elected at age 46, he became the third youngest president in the country’s history.
In 2004, at the age of 58, he underwent a quadruple coronary bypass to free four blocked arteries. After that mishap, Clinton, reputed to have a weakness for greasy food, went vegan.
In 2010, he underwent heart surgery again at Columbia University Hospital after suffering chest discomfort.
According to Alan Schwartz, his surgeon, two endoprostheses were placed, a small tubular structure also known as a ‘stent’ that is inserted into the artery to prevent it from clogging.
That same year, he said it hadn’t been difficult to become vegan “when you have a quadruple coronary bypass and you want to live to be a grandfather.”