Bill Clinton allowed to go home from Southern California Hospital

Bill Clinton was released Sunday from a hospital in Southern California where he was being treated for a urinary tract infection.

The former president of the United States was discharged from the University of California’s Irvine Hospital at around 8 a.m. local time.

Officials said Clinton, who is 75, was admitted to the Los Angeles-area hospital Tuesday with an infection unrelated to COVID-19.

Clinton spokeswoman Angel Ureña said Saturday that Clinton would be admitted to the hospital one more night to receive an antibiotic infusion.

However, all health indicators are “pointing in a good direction,” said Ureña.

“President Clinton has continued to make very good progress in the past 24 hours,” said Ureña.

Hillary Clinton accompanied her husband in the hospital and accompanied him home on Sunday (17/10).

President Joe Biden late Friday said he had spoken to Clinton, and the former president “sent his best regards.”

Former US president Bill Clinton (second from right) accompanied by his wife Hillary Clinton (right) leaves the University of California's Irvine Hospital on October 17, 2021 after undergoing treatment for several days.  (Reuters/David Swanson)

Former US president Bill Clinton (second from right) accompanied by his wife Hillary Clinton (right) leaves the University of California’s Irvine Hospital on October 17, 2021 after undergoing treatment for several days. (Reuters/David Swanson)

“He’s doing well,” Biden said during a speech at the University of Connecticut.

Ureña said in a statement Saturday (16/10), “He has a great spirit, and spends time with family, friends and watching college football games.”

An aide said Clinton had a urinary tract infection that spread into her bloodstream, but she was in good condition and had never developed septic shock, a potentially life-threatening condition.

The aide, who spoke to reporters at the hospital on condition of anonymity, said Clinton was in the intensive care unit of the hospital, although she should not have required ICU care.

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.

Since then he has been on a vegetarian diet which has led to his weight loss and improved health. [vm/ft]

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