Former President Bill Clinton was taken to the intensive care unit at the University of California Irvine Medical Center on Thursday with a urinary tract infection that had spread to his bloodstream, according to his doctors.
He was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) and given IV antibiotics and fluids. According to a joint statement released Thursday evening by Dr. Alpesh Amin, chair of medicine at UC Irvine Medical Center, and Dr. Lisa Bardack, Clinton’s medical physician, “he remains in the hospital for continued monitoring.” They said Clinton was in the ICU for his protection and privacy, rather than because he required intensive care.
According to both his doctors and his team, Clinton is in high spirits, talking to family and staff, and has been up and walking.
“His white blood cell count is moving down after two days of treatment, and he is responding nicely to antibiotics,” the physicians added. “We’re hoping he’ll be able to return home soon.”
Clinton, who was in California for a private event for his foundation, felt tired on Tuesday and was taken to the hospital after tests, according to his office.
Urologic infections are fairly frequent in older individuals, according to the former President’s doctors, and they are easily treated, but they can swiftly spread to the bloodstream. Clinton will be given antibiotics through IV until Friday when he will most likely be moved to oral medication. His vital signs are all steady, according to the medics.
Clinton, 75, underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2004 and had two stents implanted in 2010 to open one artery. His doctors, however, emphasized that his stay had nothing to do with his heart or Covid-19.
Former President Bill Clinton is “on the mend” and “in good spirits,” according to Clinton spokeswoman Angel Urena.
resident Clinton was taken to UCI Medical Center on Tuesday evening for treatment of a non-Covid-related infection. He’s recovering well and is grateful to the physicians, nurses, and staff who have provided him with exceptional care,” Urena added.