Bill Clinton to be released from California hospital

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A spokesman said Bill Clinton spent the fourth night in a hospital in Southern California, where he is recovering from an infection, but is expected to be released Sunday after making great progress.

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Clinton’s spokeswoman Angel Ureena said in a statement Saturday that the former president would stay one more night to receive IV antibiotics at the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange Southeast of Los Angeles. But he added that all health indicators are “moving in the right direction.”

“President Clinton has continued to make excellent progress over the past 24 hours,” Ureena said.


Hillary Clinton has been in the hospital with her husband. She returned with daughter Chelsea on Saturday morning at around 8 a.m. in an SUV accompanied by Secret Service agents.

President Joe Biden said Friday night that he had spoken to Bill Clinton, and that the former president “did his best.”

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“He’s doing fine; he really is,” Biden said during remarks at the University of Connecticut.

Clinton, 75, was admitted on Tuesday with an infection unrelated to COVID-19, Ureena said.

“He is in great spirits and spending time with family, hanging out with friends and watching college football,” Ureena’s Saturday statement said.

An aide to the former president said Clinton had a urinary infection that spread to her bloodstream, but she has recovered and never went into septic shock, which is potentially life-threatening.

The aide, who spoke to reporters at the hospital on condition that his name was not used, said Clinton was in the hospital’s intensive care section but was not receiving ICU care.

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.

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


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