Bill Clinton will remain in hospital as he recovers from the urological infection. But a spokesman said Friday that his condition was improving and in good spirits.
“All health indicators are pointing in a good direction, including her white blood count which has decreased significantly,” spokeswoman Angel Ureña said in a statement. Associated Press.
Ureña said Clinton, 75, will remain in the University of California Irvine Medical Center so she can receive further intravenous antibiotics.
“President Clinton continues to be in great spirits, and is deeply grateful for the extraordinary care he has received and the well wishes people have sent from across America and around the world,” the statement said.
Another aide to the former president said Clinton was in the intensive care department of the hospital, even though she shouldn’t have needed ICU care.
The aide, who spoke to reporters at the hospital on condition of anonymity, did not explain why Clinton was in the ICU. He said Clinton had a urological infection that spread to her bloodstream, but she was in good condition and had never developed septic shock, a potentially life-threatening condition.
Clinton was in good spirits and juggling books and watching TV coverage of her hospitalization, the aide said. Hillary Clinton was with him in the hospital.
President Joe Biden said Friday in remarks at the University of Connecticut that he had spoken to Clinton and the former president “sent his best regards.”
“We are all thinking of President Clinton today,” he said. “He’s always been a return kid.”
Later, Biden told reporters that Clinton was “not in a serious condition” and was “out of the hospital soon.”
Clinton was hospitalized Tuesday night for what Ureña only described as an infection unrelated to COVID-19.
In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health problems. He underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2004 after experiencing prolonged chest pain and shortness of breath. He returned to the hospital for surgery on a partially collapsed lung in 2005, and in 2010 he placed a pair of stents in a coronary artery. [ah/rs]