Bill Clinton to spend another night in California hospital

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Bill Clinton will spend another night in a California hospital.

A spokesman said Saturday that Bill Clinton will spend another night in a hospital in Southern California, where he is recovering from the infection.

“President Clinton continues to make excellent progress over the past 24 hours,” spokeswoman Angel Ureena said in a statement.

Clinton will stay overnight at the University of California Irvine Medical Center “to receive IV antibiotics before the expected discharge tomorrow,” the statement said.

Hillary Clinton has been with her husband at Southeast Hospital in Los Angeles. She returned with Secret Service agents in an SUV at around 8 a.m. Saturday with her daughter, Chelsea Clinton.

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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Image source: AP. Former President Bill Clinton has been admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center and is being treated for a non-Covid-related infection.

“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 is 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, a potentially life-threatening condition. 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 his coronary artery.

He responded by adopting a largely vegetarian diet, which led to his weight loss and improved health.

Clinton returned to the stump repeatedly, 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 near 70—returned to the campaign trail.

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