Former U.S. President Clinton improving but will remain hospitalized
8:59 pm Friday, October 15th, 2021
By Lisa Richwine and Sharon Bernstein
ORANGE, Calif. (Reuters) -Former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s health is improving but he will remain in a California hospital for at least another night to receive antibiotics intravenously for a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream, his spokesperson said on Friday.
The 75-year-old Clinton, who served as president from 1993 to 2001, entered the University of California Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday evening after suffering from fatigue. He spoke with President Joe Biden on Friday.
The former president’s spokesperson Angel Urena said that Clinton’s white blood count has decreased, indicating his health is improving.
“All health indicators are trending in the right direction, including his white blood count which was decreased significantly,” Urena said on Twitter. “In order to receive further IV antibiotics, he will remain in the hospital overnight.”
Since his admission to the intensive care unit at the hospital, Clinton has received fluids along with antibiotics, his doctors said.
His wife, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, was at the hospital on Thursday and Friday, and the two read books and talked about politics, Urena told Reuters.
It remained unclear when Clinton would be released.
Biden said Clinton would likely go home soon, though it was not clear whether he would be released on Saturday or later.
“He is getting out shortly. … Whether that’s tomorrow or the next day, I don’t know,” Biden told reporters in Connecticut. “He’s doing fine. He really is.”
On Thursday, Urena said Clinton was “up and about, joking and charming the hospital staff.”
Clinton, who was in California to attend a dinner and reception for his foundation in Los Angeles County, has dealt with health problems in the past, including a 2004 quadruple bypass surgery and a 2010 procedure to open a blocked artery.
The Democrat served two terms in the White House, overseeing strong economic growth while engaging in bruising political battles with congressional Republicans.
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives impeached him in 1998 on charges arising from his sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, but Clinton was acquitted by the Senate. He was only the second U.S. president to be impeached. Donald Trump would later become the third when he was impeached twice during his term.
Clinton, a former Arkansas governor, has combined a folksy charm with deep knowledge of policy issues. He defeated an incumbent president, Republican George H.W. Bush, in 1992 and then beat longtime Republican Senator Bob Dole to win re-election in 1996.
Since leaving office, he has become a cheerleader for his wife, who was elected to the U.S. Senate from New York in 2000. She unsuccessfully sought the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination and then won the party’s nod in 2016, when she eventually lost to Trump despite winning the national popular vote.
(Reporting by Lisa Richwine in Orange, California, and Sharon Bernstein in Sacramento, California; Additional reporting by Dan Whitcomb, Brad Brooks, Timothy Ahmann and Kanishka Singh; Writing by Joseph Ax and Sharon BernsteinEditing by Alistair Bell and Will Dunham)