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former President bill clinton His spokesman said he was admitted to a hospital in Southern California this week with a non-COVID-19-related infection but is “well”.


Clinton spokeswoman Ureena said in a statement Thursday that Clinton, 75, was admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday evening.

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“On Tuesday evening, President Clinton was admitted to UCI Medical Center for treatment for a non-Covid-related infection,” Urena said. “She is in good spirits, and is incredibly grateful for the doctors, nurses and staff providing excellent care.”

A second statement from Clinton’s spokesperson cited physicians Dr. Alpesh Amin and Dr. Lisa Bardack, who said the former president was “given IV antibiotics and fluids.”

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

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

During a Friday night appearance at the University of Connecticut, President Joe Biden said, “He’s doing fine.”

“He is not in any serious condition,” Biden said. “He’s going out soon, as I understand it. Whether it’s tomorrow or the next day, I don’t know.”

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

He responded by adopting a largely vegetarian diet, which led to his weight loss and improved health.

He returned to the stump repeatedly, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably his wife, Hillary, during an unsuccessful bid for the 2008 presidential nomination. And in 2016, when Hillary Clinton sought the White House as the Democratic nominee, Bill Clinton — by then a grandfather and close to 70 — returned to the campaign trail.

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The Associated Press and Kelly Hayes contributed to this report.