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15th Oct 2021

Bill Clinton rushed to hospital with blood infection

Ellen Fitzpatrick

He’s said to be doing well.

Former US president Bill Clinton has been rushed to hospital after he fell ill with a blood infection, his spokesperson said.

Doctors have said that the politician is responding well at the medical centre in Irvine, California and the infection is not associated with Covid-19.

“On Tuesday evening, President Clinton was admitted to UCI Medical Center to receive treatment for a non-Covid-related infection,” the former president’s spokesman Angel Urena wrote on Twitter.

“He is on the mend, in good spirits, and is incredibly thankful to the doctors, nurses and staff providing him with excellent care.”

The doctors at the University of California Irvine Medical Center also confirmed that Clinton had been admitted to their care.

Urena also tweeted a statement from Clinton’s doctors Dr Alpesh Amin and Dr Lisa Bardack.

“President Clinton was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center and diagnosed with an infection,” the statement said.

“He was admitted to the hospital for close monitoring and administered IV (intravenous) antibiotics and fluids.

“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.”

“We hope to have him go home soon,” the statement added.

CNN has reported that the former president had a urinary tract infection and it then spread to his bloodstream.

The media outlet’s medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta, added that Clinton had reported feeling fatigued during a visit to California on Tuesday.

He then was said to later go to the hospital for testing that ruled out both Covid-19 and heart-related problems.

In 2004, the then 58 year old had a quadruple bypass operation after doctors found signs of extensive heart disease, forcing Clinton to make the decision to go vegan.

In 2010, he underwent stent surgery after suffering from heart pains.