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Bill Clinton Released From California Hospital

Former president had been treated for an infection since Tuesday
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2021 9:37 PM CDT
Updated Oct 17, 2021 10:30 AM CDT
Bill Clinton Hospitalized, Unrelated to COVID
Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leave the University of California Irvine Medical Center on Sunday.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

(Newser) Update: Former President Bill Clinton left a California hospital Sunday morning after treatment for an infection. Former first lady Hillary Clinton accompanied her husband, who had been admitted Tuesday, when he was released from the University of California Irvine Medical Center, the AP reports. Moving slowly, the former president shook hands with doctors and nurses lined up outside on his way to a vehicle. A statement posted by an aide quoted a doctor saying Clinton's "fever and white blood cell count are normalized, and he will return home to New York to finish his course of antibiotics." Our original story from Thursday follows:

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Bill Clinton has been hospitalized since Tuesday with an infection, but it's of the non-COVID variety, reports the Washington Post. Both the Hill and Sanjay Gupta of CNN report that the 75-year-old is being treated for a blood infection known as sepsis. Gupta adds that Clinton has been responding well to treatment at the University of California Irvine Medical Center and may be released on Friday. "He is on the mend, in good spirits, and is incredibly thankful to the doctors, nurses, and staff providing him with excellent care," says spokesman Angel Urena.

Clinton had been in California for a Clinton Foundation fundraiser and went to the hospital because he wasn't feeling well. "He was admitted to the ICU for close monitoring and administered IV antibiotics and fluids," according to a joint statement from the hospital's Dr. Alpesh Amin and Dr. Lisa Bardack, Clinton's primary physician, per CNN. "After two days of treatment, his white blood cell count is trending down and he is responding to antibiotics well," says the statement. "We hope to have him go home soon." In terms of medical history, the Hill notes Clinton had a quadruple bypass in 2004 and underwent another procedure in 2010 to improve blood flow to one of his coronary arteries. (Read more Bill Clinton stories.)

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