Bill Clinton recovering from urological infection, aide says

  • Former first lady and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, middle, exits the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Former President Bill Clinton was admitted to the Southern California hospital Tuesday with an infection but he is "on the mend," his spokesman said.

    Former first lady and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, middle, exits the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Former President Bill Clinton was admitted to the Southern California hospital Tuesday with an infection but he is "on the mend," his spokesman said. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2021, file photo, former President Bill Clinton speaks during funeral services for Henry "Hank" Aaron, at Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta. (Kevin D. Liles/Atlanta Braves via AP, Pool, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2021, file photo, former President Bill Clinton speaks during funeral services for Henry "Hank" Aaron, at Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta. (Kevin D. Liles/Atlanta Braves via AP, Pool, File) Associated Press

  • The University of California Irvine Medical Center is seen in Orange, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Former President Bill Clinton is at the hospital being treated for a non-COVID-related infection, a Clinton spokesman said Thursday night.

    The University of California Irvine Medical Center is seen in Orange, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Former President Bill Clinton is at the hospital being treated for a non-COVID-related infection, a Clinton spokesman said Thursday night. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 10/15/2021 6:09 PM

ORANGE, Calif. -- Bill Clinton will remain hospitalized overnight as he recovers from a urological infection. But a spokesman said Friday that he was doing better and was in good spirits.

'œAll health indicators are trending in the right direction, including his white blood count which has decreased significantly," spokesman Angel UreƱa said in a statement.

 

Clinton, 75, will remain at the University of California Irvine Medical Center overnight so that he can receive further intravenous antibiotics, UreƱa said.

'œPresident Clinton continues to be in excellent spirits, and is deeply grateful for the outstanding care he is receiving and the well wishes that people have sent from across America and around the world," the statement said.

An aide to the former president said that Clinton was in an intensive care section of the hospital, though not receiving ICU care.

The aide, who spoke to reporters at the hospital on the condition his name wasn't used, did not elaborate on the reason Clinton was in the ICU. He said Clinton had a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream, but he is on the mend and never went into septic shock, a potentially life-threatening condition.

Clinton was in good spirits and juggling books and watching TV coverage about his hospitalization, the aide said. Hillary Clinton was with him in the hospital, though not his daughter, Chelsea Clinton. There was no immediate word on any timeline for his release.

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President Joe Biden said Friday during remarks at the University of Connecticut that he had spoken to Clinton and the former president 'œsends his best.'

"We're all thinking about President Clinton today," he said. "He's always been the comeback kid.'

Later, Biden told reporters that Clinton is 'œnot in any serious condition" and is 'œgetting out shortly.'

Clinton was hospitalized on Tuesday evening for what UreƱa only described as a non-COVID-19-related infection.

In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health scares. In 2004, he underwent quadruple bypass surgery after experiencing prolonged chest pains 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 embracing a largely vegan diet that saw him lose weight and report improved health.

He repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, mostly notably his wife, Hillary, during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination. And in 2016, as Hillary Clinton sought the White House as the Democratic nominee, Bill Clinton - by then a grandfather and nearing 70 - returned to the campaign trail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

A spokesman for the Clinton Foundation said the former president was in the Los Angeles area for private events related to his charitable organization. The UCI Medical Center is in Orange County, about 40 miles (64 km) southeast of Los Angeles.

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

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