Is Bill Clinton OK? Ex-President admitted to ICU, here's what happened

Clinton's personal primary physician says he is being put up in the ICU for privacy and safety and not because he needs intensive care

                            Is Bill Clinton OK? Ex-President admitted to ICU, here's what happened
Bill Clinton was admitted to the hospital on October 12 following a urinary tract infection which spread to his bloodstream (Photo by Handout/DNCC via Getty Images)

Bill Clinton was admitted to the hospital on October 12 after a urinary tract infection which took a turn for the worse after it spread to his bloodstream. His doctors spoke to the media on October 15 regarding an update on the former President's recent health scare. "He was admitted to the ICU for close monitoring and administered IV antibiotics and fluids. He remains at the hospital for continuous monitoring," according to a joint statement Thursday evening from Dr. Alpesh Amin, chair of medicine at UC Irvine Medical Center, and Dr. Lisa Bardack, Clinton's personal primary physician.

Bill Clinton was admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center's intensive care after he attended a private event for his foundation. He checked in to the facility after getting tested for fatigue, according to Clinton's office. His doctors said that the hospital visit isn't worrisome as urinary infections are mostly age-related and even though things could turn serious quickly if the infection spreads to the bloodstream, these issues can be treated with antibiotics. This is not the first time he had to be admitted to the hospital. The 75-year-old had quadruple bypass heart surgery in 2004 and required two stents to be inserted to open up a blocked artery in 2010. Clinton's doctors stressed his recent hospitalization was not the heart of Covid-19 related. 


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What happened to Bill Clinton?

Bill Clinton, despite being in the hospital, is in good spirits, interacting with family and staff, and has been up and walking said his doctors. "After two days of treatment, his white blood cell count is trending down and he is responding to antibiotics well," the doctors said. "We hope to have him go home soon." They also noted that him being admitted to the ICU was for safety and privacy and not because he needed intensive care. Clinton will be on intravenous antibiotics till October 15. He will then be switched to oral antibiotics and all his vitals look good. doctors said. 

Clinton spokesman Angel Urena said on October 14 that the former President is "on the mend" and "in good spirits." Urena's statement read, "On Tuesday evening, President Clinton was admitted to UCI Medical Center to receive treatment for a non-Covid-related infection. He is on the mend, in good spirits, and is incredibly thankful to the doctors, nurses, and staff providing him with excellent care."

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