Bill Clinton back home after hospitalization from infection

  • Former President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leave the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. He was released after being treated for an infection and will head home to New York to continue his recovery, a spokesman said.

    Former President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leave the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. He was released after being treated for an infection and will head home to New York to continue his recovery, a spokesman said. Associated Press

  • Former President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thank the medical staff as he is released from the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. The 75-year-old former president left University of California Irvine Medical Center on Sunday.

    Former President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thank the medical staff as he is released from the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. The 75-year-old former president left University of California Irvine Medical Center on Sunday. Associated Press

  • Former President Bill Clinton, and former first lady and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thank members of the medical staff as he is released from the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. The 75-year-old former president was released after being treated for an infection and will head home to New York to continue his recovery, a spokesman said.

    Former President Bill Clinton, and former first lady and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thank members of the medical staff as he is released from the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. The 75-year-old former president was released after being treated for an infection and will head home to New York to continue his recovery, a spokesman said. Associated Press

  • Former President Bill Clinton, with Former first lady and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walk to a waiting limousine after thanking the medical staff as he is released from the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. The 75-year-old former president left University of California Irvine Medical Center on Sunday.

    Former President Bill Clinton, with Former first lady and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walk to a waiting limousine after thanking the medical staff as he is released from the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. The 75-year-old former president left University of California Irvine Medical Center on Sunday. Associated Press

  • Former first lady and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives at the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. Former President Clinton spent a fourth night at the Southern California hospital where he is recovering from an infection but is expected to be released Sunday after making great progress, a spokesman said.

    Former first lady and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives at the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. Former President Clinton spent a fourth night at the Southern California hospital where he is recovering from an infection but is expected to be released Sunday after making great progress, a spokesman said. Associated Press

  • Former first lady and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives at the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. Former President Clinton spent a fourth night at the Southern California hospital where he is recovering from an infection but is expected to be released Sunday after making great progress, a spokesman said.

    Former first lady and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives at the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. Former President Clinton spent a fourth night at the Southern California hospital where he is recovering from an infection but is expected to be released Sunday after making great progress, a spokesman said. Associated Press

  • Members of the media stand outside the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. A spokesman says former president Bill Clinton will spend one more night at the hospital where he is recovering from an infection.

    Members of the media stand outside the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. A spokesman says former president Bill Clinton will spend one more night at the hospital where he is recovering from an infection. Associated Press

  • A Secret Service convoy with Former President Bill Clinton, and former first lady and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leaves the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. The 75-year-old former president was released after being treated for an infection and will head home to New York to continue his recovery, a spokesman said.

    A Secret Service convoy with Former President Bill Clinton, and former first lady and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leaves the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. The 75-year-old former president was released after being treated for an infection and will head home to New York to continue his recovery, a spokesman said. Associated Press

  • A caravan carrying former President Bill Clinton arrive to his residency house on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Chappaqua, N.Y.

    A caravan carrying former President Bill Clinton arrive to his residency house on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Chappaqua, N.Y. Associated Press

  • A caravan carrying former President Bill Clinton arrive to his residency house on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Chappaqua, NY.

    A caravan carrying former President Bill Clinton arrive to his residency house on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Chappaqua, NY. Associated Press

  • A caravan carrying former President Bill Clinton arrives to his residence in Chappaqua, N.Y., on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021.

    A caravan carrying former President Bill Clinton arrives to his residence in Chappaqua, N.Y., on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. Associated Press

  • A U.S. Secret Service agent walks outside the residence of former President Bill Clinton after his arrival in Chappaqua, N.Y., on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021.

    A U.S. Secret Service agent walks outside the residence of former President Bill Clinton after his arrival in Chappaqua, N.Y., on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 10/17/2021 5:45 PM

ORANGE, Calif. -- Bill Clinton arrived Sunday at his home in New York to continue recovering from an infection that left him in treatment for six days at a Southern California hospital, officials said.

The former president left the University of California Irvine Medical Center around 8 a.m. with Hillary Clinton on his arm. Dressed in jeans and a sports coat and wearing a face mask, he made his way out of the hospital slowly and stopped to shake hands with doctors and nurses lined up on the sidewalk.

 

He gave a thumbs-up when a reporter asked how he was feeling, and he and Hillary Clinton then boarded a black SUV. They departed in a motorcade escorted by the California Highway Patrol and headed to the airport.

Bill Clinton's 'fever and white blood cell count are normalized, and he will return home to New York to finish his course of antibiotics," Dr. Alpesh N. Amin said in a statement shared on Twitter by a Clinton spokesman.

Clinton, 75, was admitted Tuesday to the hospital southeast of Los Angeles with an infection unrelated to COVID-19. He arrived Sunday evening at his home in Chappaqua, New York, to continue his recovery.

Spokesman Angel Ureña had said Saturday that Clinton would remain hospitalized until at least Sunday to receive further intravenous antibiotics. But all health indicators were 'trending in the right direction,' Ureña said.

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Hillary Clinton had been with her husband at the hospital and was accompanied there Saturday by daughter Chelsea.

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

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

An aide to the former president said Bill Clinton had a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream but was on the mend and never went into septic shock, a potentially life-threatening condition.

The aide, who spoke to reporters at the hospital on the condition his name wasn't used, said Clinton was in an intensive care section of the hospital but wasn't receiving ICU care.

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.

Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 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 nearing 70 - returned to the campaign trail.

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Associated Press journalists Olga R. Rodriguez in San Francisco, Lou Kesten in Washington and Joseph Frederick in Chappaqua, New York, contributed to this report.

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