Bill Clinton is recovering from urological infection, his assistant says

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In this image from the video, former President Bill Clinton speaks on the second night of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, August 18, 2020.

ORANGE, Calif .– Bill Clinton is reportedly recovering from a urologic infection on Friday, and an aide to the former president said Clinton was in an intensive care section of the hospital, although he was not receiving “treatment. intensive care”.

The aide, who spoke to reporters at the hospital on the condition that his name not be used, did not elaborate on why Clinton was in intensive care. He said Clinton had a urologic infection that had spread to her bloodstream but was on the mend and had never experienced septic shock, a potentially fatal illness.

Clinton was in a good mood and juggled books and watched television coverage of his hospitalization, the aide said. Hillary Clinton was with him in the hospital, but not his daughter, Chelsea Clinton. There was no immediate word on a timeline for his release.

President Joe Biden said in remarks at the University of Connecticut on Friday that he had spoken to Clinton and that the former president was “doing his best.”

“We all think of President Clinton today,” he said. “He’s always been the kid of the comeback.”

Biden later told reporters that Clinton was “not in serious condition” and that she was “coming out shortly.”

Clinton, 75, was admitted to University of California Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday evening with an infection unrelated to COVID-19, Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña said in a statement on Thursday.

“He is in good shape, in a good mood and is incredibly grateful to the doctors, nurses and staff who provide him with excellent care,” said Ureña.

A second statement from Clinton’s spokesperson quoted doctors Dr Alpesh Amin and Dr Lisa Bardack, who said the former president had “received antibiotics and IV fluids”.

“After two days of treatment, his white blood cell count tends to drop and he responds well to antibiotics,” the doctors said. “The California-based medical team is in constant communication with the President’s New York-based medical team, including his cardiologist. We hope he returns home soon.

Since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health challenges. In 2004, he underwent quadruple bypass surgery after experiencing prolonged chest pain and shortness of breath. He returned to the hospital for surgery for a partially collapsed lung in 2005, and in 2010 he had a pair of stents implanted in a coronary artery.

He responded by adopting a largely vegan diet that has helped him lose weight and improve his health.

He has returned to the stump several times, campaigning for Democratic candidates, including his wife, Hillary, during his failed 2008 presidential nomination. And in 2016, as Hillary Clinton searched for the White House as a Democratic candidate, Bill Clinton – then a grandfather and close to 70 – returned to the election campaign.

A spokesperson for the Clinton Foundation said the former president was in the Los Angeles area for private events related to his charity. The UCI Medical Center is in Orange County, approximately 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles.


Associated Press writer Zeke Miller contributed from Hartford, Connecticut. Alexandra Jaffe contributed from Washington and Robert Jablon contributed from Los Angeles.

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