Bill Clinton will spend Friday night in hospital, his spokesman has confirmed – the fourth night in a row that the 75-year-old has been under medical care since he fell ill on Tuesday with sepsis.
Clinton’s spokesman, Angel Urena, said on Friday evening that the former president was recovering well, adding: ‘All health indicators are trending in the right direction.’
He said Clinton was remaining in hospital to receive intra-venous antibiotics to fight the infection.
The blood infection that forced the former president to be hospitalized on Tuesday was reportedly caused by the bacteria known as E.Coli, his doctors said on Friday morning.
‘President Clinton continues to be in excellent spirits, and is deeply grateful for the outstanding care he is receiving and the well wishes that people have sent from across America and around the world,’ Urena said.
President Joe Biden on Friday evening said he had spoken to Clinton and wished him a speedy recovery.
‘I wanted to see how he was doing,’ the president said.
‘He’s doing fine. He really is. And he’s going to be released from the hospital and we talked about, which we were going to do before, getting together.’
He added: ‘He’s not in any serious condition. He is getting out shortly as I understand. Whether that’s tomorrow or the next day I don’t know.’
Biden said he was looking forward to seeing Clinton when he was fully recovered.
‘I haven’t seen him in a while. I’m going to come over and have some lunch and talk,’ he said.
‘He was very encouraging about why he thought the policies I was pursuing made sense but we didn’t get into much detail, except I was mainly just seeing how he was doing.’
Hillary Clinton was seen arriving at University of California Irvine Medical Center on Friday morning to see her husband, alongside her longtime confidante Huma Abedin.
It’s the second time Hillary was seen checking on her husband with Abedin, her trusted adviser and close confidante who was married to disgraced New York lawmaker Anthony Weiner. The pair visited him on Thursday night just hours after news broke of his hospitalization.
Clinton’s medical team gave CBS This Morning an update on his health on Friday after a spokesman announced his hospitalization at University of California Irvine Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit on Thursday evening.
He could be released onto a regiment of oral antibiotics at home as early as this weekend.
Huma Abedin was seen on Friday morning returning to the hospital where Bill Clinton is being treated alongside Hillary Clinton
The former first lady and New York Senator was barely visible as she visited her husband for the second time within a hours
The former president, who had a quadruple heart bypass in 2004, was in Southern California for a ‘series of events’ when he fell ill, CBS medical contributor Dr. David Agus said.
‘At the first event he started to feel light headed, nausea, vomiting, and was brought to a hospital,’ doctors told him.
‘At that hospital he was found to have an infection in his blood, and they did a CAT scan, looked over his body and even his brain.
‘And the infection source was found to be the urine.
‘The bacteria that grew out was called E.Coli, and he was put on what we call a broad spectrum antibiotics.’
Hillary Clinton leaves Friday morning after visiting Bill, who was hospitalized in California on Tuesday and is battling sepsis caused by a urinary tract infection
Hillary Clinton has been photographed visiting her husband, former President Bill Clinton , who was hospitalized in California on Tuesday and is battling sepsis caused by a urinary tract infection. Pictured: Clinton leaves the hospital on Friday morning
Pictured: Hillary Clinton leaves after it was announced that former U.S. President Bill Clinton was admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center
Once doctors determined the cause they reportedly narrowed his treatment down to one intravenous antibiotic.
Agus said the medical team hopes that further test results on Friday could identify which specific subset of E.Coli the former president has so that he can be placed on an oral medication.
Doctors want to ‘watch that overnight and then go home on that oral antibiotic for several weeks of treatment for that infection in the blood and the bladder,’ the medical expert said.
‘I certainly hope that he can go on an oral antibiotic today and then go home over the weekend. He’s doing dramatically better.’
The exterior of University of California Irvine Medical Center on Friday morning, where Bill Clinton is reportedly being treated for sepsis caused by E.Coli. He’s apparently doing ‘dramatically’ better and could be released this weekend
Clinton’s doctors told CNN on Thursday that he developed a urinary tract infection that became a condition known as urosepsis.
A spokesman for the Democrat commander-in-chief also said on Thursday night he is ‘on the mend’ having been admitted for treatment for a ‘non-Covid issue.’
He has been talking to staff and family, and walking around, it was reported.
Hillary was first pictured visiting her husband on Thursday night as the former President battles sepsis caused by a urinary tract infection. Abedin was seen with her then as well.
A somber-looking Hillary, who was in California with her husband for his appearance at an event in relation to his foundation, was pictured flanked by security officers as she entered the unit last night before being driven away in the back of a car.
She reportedly represented them both at a previously scheduled event before visiting the medical center.
Hillary Clinton leaves in a car after it was announced that former U.S. President Bill Clinton was admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, California
Hillary Clinton’s car departs after she visited her husband at the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange
Former first lady and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was with her husband in Southern California for their event. Hillary Clinton was seen arriving at the hospital late on Thursday evening with a security detail
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton leaves Radio City Music Hall on August 05, 2021 in New York City. He was hospitalized on Tuesday in California, but is ‘on the mend’
The silent killer: Everything you need to know about sepsis
The life-threatening condition strikes when an infection triggers a violent immune response, in which the body attacks its own organs.
It can happen as a result of any type of infection, whether caused by a virus, bacteria or fungus.
Sepsis may progress to septic shock, a dramatic drop in blood pressure that can lead to severe organ damage and death.
If caught early, the infection can be controlled by antibiotics before the body goes into overdrive.
More than 11million people around the world – including 45,000 in the UK and 270,000 in the US – die of sepsis ever year, data suggests.
It means the illness, which is known as the ‘silent killer’, claims more lives than smoking and pollution.
But the early symptoms of sepsis can be easily confused with more mild conditions, meaning it can be difficult to diagnose.
Sepsis has similar symptoms to flu, gastroenteritis and a chest infection.
- Slurred speech or confusion
- Extreme shivering or muscle pain
- Passing no urine in a day
- Severe breathlessness
- It feels like you are dying
- Skin mottled or discolored
Ureña said he was admitted to University of California Irvine’s medical center to get treatment for a non-COVID issue.
‘On Tuesday evening, President Clinton was admitted to UCI Medical Center to receive treatment for a non-COVID-related infection,’ he said.
‘He is on the mend, thankful to the doctors, nurses and staff providing him with excellent care.’
CNN reported that a urinary tract infection had spread to Clinton’s bloodstream, but that he is now in good spirits after two days of treatment, is talking to family and staff, and has been up and walking around.
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.
He was in California for an event in relation to his foundation, The New York Times said.
In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health scares.
In 2004, at age 58, he underwent a quadruple bypass operation after doctors found signs of extensive heart disease.
In 2010 he underwent stent surgery after complaining of heart pains.
After his health scare, Clinton – who had a reputation for loving fatty foods – adopted a vegan diet.
Clinton’s physicians, Dr. Alpesh Amin and Dr. Lisa Bardack, released a joint statement that says he was admitted with an ‘infection’ but has improved since receiving treatment.
‘President Clinton was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center and diagnosed with an infection.
‘He was admitted to the hospital for close monitoring and administered IV antibiotics and fluids,’ Amin and Bardack said.
‘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.’
They concluded: ‘The California-based medical team has been in constant communication with the President’s New York-based medical team, including his cardiologist.
‘We hope to have him go home soon.’
The former president’s cardiac problems have been well-documented. He became a vegan in 2010 to improve his health and credited the meat- and dairy-free died with changing – and potentially saving – his life.
Doctors have ruled out heart issues, according to CNN, despite Clinton’s history – including a quadruple bypass operation in 2004 and a stent placement in 2010.
A sombre-looking Hillary, who was in California with her husband for his appearance at an event in relation to his foundation, was pictured flanked by security officers as she entered the unit last night before being driven away in the back of a car
Hillary Clinton was seen walking out of the California medical unit after visiting her husband last night
Pictured: Hillary Clinton leaves the hospital after visiting her husband, former president Bill Clinton
Former first lady and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, middle, exits the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021
A police officer stands at an entrance of the University of California Irvine Douglas Hospital on Thursday night
Officers are seen inside the lobby of the hospital in California, where Clinton is being treated
United States Secret Service special agents wait outside the University of California Irvine Medical Center is seen in Orange, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021
The Secret Service motorcade for the former president is pictured on Thursday night outside the hospital in Irvine, California
Clinton’s Secret Service detail are seen on Thursday awaiting him. Former presidents are guaranteed protection for life, but their adult children are not
One of Clinton’s most recent appearances was a videolink greeting to the Elizabeth Taylor Ball to End AIDS, held on September 17 in West Hollywood
Bill and Hillary Clinton are pictured on September 11 at the ceremony in New York City commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks
The Clintons attended the 9/11 memorial ceremony in New York with the Obamas, Bidens, Michael Bloomberg and Nancy Pelosi
Hillary Clinton, pictured on October 11 leaving the set of Good Morning America in New York, is currently in California with her husband
Well-wishes poured in overnight Thursday into Friday for the charismatic former president
Well-wishers sent the former president messages of support.
Conservative activist Jack Posobiec wrote ‘Thoughts and prayers for Bill Clinton’ on Twitter early Friday morning.
Meghan McCain tweeted: ‘Wishing President @BillClinton a speedy recovery and all the best wishes.
‘Also sending strength and support to @HillaryClinton and @ChelseaClinton during this time.’
Amy Kremer, co-founder of Women for Trump, tweeted: ‘Praying for a full recovery.’
Gupta said he was told the charismatic former governor of Arkansas was joking around with hospital staff as of Thursday.
He added that Clinton is ‘mobile’ and can get himself up and around.
Sepsis is a blood condition caused when the body releases chemicals to fight an infection. It’s treatable when caught early but could be life-threatening if not.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison wished Clinton well on Twitter.
‘Praying for a speedy recovery for President @BillClinton,’ Harrison wrote on Twitter.
Clinton’s name has been back in the headlines with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky’s thanks to FX’s American Crime Story: Impeachment.
The drama series chronicles their affair and boasts Lewinsky as a producer.
Quadruple heart bypass and stents: Bill Clinton’s health history
On the presidential campaign trail, Clinton’s doctors said he was in excellent health, but noted that he had allergies, mild hearing loss – which he attributed to loud music and hunting – chronic laryngitis and, at 226lbs, needed to lose weight.
His mother’s side of the family had a history of heart problems, but he showed no signs of concern.
Bill Clinton is seen with his wife Hillary in July 1992, on the presidential campaign trail
Clinton is seen eating a hot dog on the campaign trail in Cincinnati in 1992
Clinton, as president, was known for his love of burgers and junk food. Yet he was also seen regularly jogging, and his weight and cholesterol fluctuated.
He said in 1996 his main issues were allergies, hoarseness and his weight – although he was down to 216lbs in his medical that year.
He was fitted with a hearing aid in 1997, and was told during his presidency to start taking prescription medicines to lower his cholesterol.
Clinton is pictured enjoying an ice cream in Pennsylvania in July 2000
JANUARY 21, 2001
Clinton leaves the White House, aged 54. He said he believed he was ‘in the shape of my life,’ but began experiencing shortness of breath not long after, which he admitted he ignored for too long.
SEPTEMBER 6, 2004
Clinton undergoes a quadruple heart bypass, at the Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center of Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. Doctors said he had nearly 100 per cent blockage in some of his arteries when he underwent surgery and had narrowly avoided having a major heart attack.
FEBRUARY 12, 2010
Clinton, aged 63, suffers discomfort in his chest and is taken to hospital in New York – the same where he had his quadruple bypass. He has a stent inserted into his artery; a fairly common procedure.
He becomes almost-entirely vegan, in a bid to improve his diet, with weekly salmon his only animal product. His daughter Chelsea marries in July, having told her father to lose 15lbs, and Clinton looks noticeably svelte.
Clinton was told by his daughter to lose 15lbs for her wedding, and he obliged
OCTOBER 12, 2021
Clinton is admitted to hospital in Irvine, California, for treatment for sepsis.
He is given antibiotics.