Former US president Bill Clinton was on Thursday in a hospital with an infection, a spokesman for the 75-year-old said.
Doctors said Clinton was responding well at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Medical Center. The infection was not connected to COVID-19.
“On Tuesday evening, president Clinton was admitted to UCI Medical Center to receive treatment for a non-COVID-related infection,” Clinton’s spokesman Angel Urena wrote on Twitter. “He is on the mend, in good spirits, and is incredibly thankful to the doctors, nurses and staff providing him with excellent care.”
Doctors at the Center confirmed Clinton had been admitted.
Urena posted on Twitter a statement from Clinton’s doctors at the hospital — Alpesh Amin and Lisa Bardack.
“President Clinton was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center and diagnosed with an infection,” the statement said. “He was admitted to the hospital for close monitoring and administered IV [intravenous] antibiotics and fluids. He remains at the hospital for continuous monitoring. After two days of treatment, his white blood cell count is trending down and he is responding to antibiotics well.”
“We hope to have him go home soon,” it added.
An Agence France-Presse correspondent at the hospital said the scene was subdued, with no sign of the VIP patient, other than a sizable media pack that had gathered in a parking lot.
CNN reported that a urinary tract infection had spread to Clinton’s bloodstream.
The news channel’s medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta, said Clinton had reported feeling fatigued during a visit to California on Tuesday and went to the hospital for testing that ruled out COVID-19 and heart-related problems.
Clinton served as the 42nd president, from 1993 to 2001. Elected at age 46, he was the third-youngest president in US history and the first baby boomer to hold the office.
In 1998, he was impeached by the US House of Representatives — only the second president in US history to earn the ignominious distinction — for lying about an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
He was ultimately acquitted by the US Senate in February 1999.
In 2004, at age 58, he underwent a quadruple bypass operation after doctors found signs of extensive heart disease. After his health scare, Clinton — who had a reputation for loving fatty foods — adopted a vegan diet.
In 2010, he underwent stent surgery after complaining of heart pains. That same year, he said his decision to go vegan was not a difficult one.
“Not when you have [had a] quadruple heart bypass and you want to live to be a grandfather,” Clinton said at an event organized in Dallas by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
WIDE REOPENING DISCOURAGED: A study from Peking University has suggested that lifting restrictions in the style of the US, UK and others would be catastrophic China would face a “colossal outbreak” on a scale beyond anything any other country has yet seen if it were to reopen in a similar manner to the US. That is a prediction based on statistical modeling by researchers at Beijing’s Peking University. A switch from China’s current COVID-19 elimination strategy to a US-style approach with few restrictions would lead to as many as 637,155 infections per day, according to the study, which was published by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday. That would be the largest daily figure reported by any country since the start of the
UNCERTAINTY: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken did not specify measures NATO might take, but many believe that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project could be canceled The US has said it has evidence that Russia has made plans for a “large scale” attack on Ukraine and said NATO allies are “prepared to impose severe costs” on Moscow if it attempts an invasion. Speaking at a NATO ministers meeting in Latvia, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that it was unclear whether Russian President Vladimir Putin had made a decision to invade, but added: “He’s putting in place the capacity to do so in short order, should he so decide.” “So despite uncertainty about intention and timing, we must prepare for all contingencies while working to see to
NOT ELIGIBLE: Most of those charged over democracy protests were born after the UK handed Hong Kong back to China, figures form Hong Kong Watch showed More than 90 percent of people who have faced protest charges in Hong Kong are too young to access a UK visa scheme dedicated to helping Hong Kongers flee to the UK, say advocates and lawmakers calling for new laws to assist them. The release of the figures on Sunday by advocacy group Hong Kong Watch comes before a British parliamentary debate this week on proposed migration law amendments that would widen the pathway for people with British National Overseas (BNO) status to resettle in the UK. More than 10,000 people were arrested during or after the mass protests that swept Hong
An episode of The Simpsons in which the cartoon family from the US visit Tiananmen Square has been removed from Disney’s streaming channel in Hong Kong at a time when authorities are clamping down on dissent. The missing episode adds to concerns that Chinese-style censorship is becoming the norm in the territory, ensnaring global streaming giants and other major tech companies. Disney+ has made rapid advances since it was launched 18 months ago, reaching more than 116 million worldwide subscribers. The Hong Kong version started streaming earlier this month and eagle-eyed customers soon noticed that an episode of The Simpsons featuring China was