ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Bill Clinton The Southern California hospital in which he had been admitted for treatment of an infection released him Sunday. A spokesperson said that he will be returning to New York to carry on his recovery.
Hillary Clinton was on the arm of the former president as he left University of California Irvine Medical Center at 8 AM. In jeans, a sports jacket and with a face mask on, the former president made his way to the hospital. He stopped at the curb to greet the nurses and doctors lined up along the sidewalk.
When a reporter inquired about his feelings, he gave the thumbs up and then he boarded with Hillary Clinton in a black SUV. The California Highway Patrol led them to their destination.
Bill Clinton’s “fever and white blood cell count are normalized, and he will return home to New York to finish his course of antibiotics,” Dr. Alpesh N. Amin said in a statement shared on Twitter by a Clinton spokesman.
Clinton, age 75, was admitted to the hospital in southeast Los Angeles Tuesday with an unrelated infection to COVID-19. Officials said that Clinton plans to resume his recovery at Chappaqua in New York.
Spokesman Angel Ureña had said Saturday that Clinton would remain hospitalized one more night to receive further intravenous antibiotics. But all health indicators were “trending in the right direction,” Ureña said.
Hillary Clinton, who was there with her husband in the hospital, was accompanied by Chelsea on Saturday.
President Joe Biden said Friday night that he had spoken to Bill Clinton, and the former president “sends his best.”
“He’s doing fine; he really is,” Biden said during remarks at the University of Connecticut.
According to an aide, Bill Clinton was suffering from a urological problem that had spread to his bloodstream. He wasn’t in serious condition and didn’t go into septic shock.
The aide, who spoke to reporters at the hospital on the condition his name wasn’t used, said Clinton was in an intensive care section of the hospital but wasn’t receiving ICU care.
The former president faced many health problems in the years that have passed since Clinton’s departure from the White House. He had suffered from chest pains for a long time and was short of breath. In 2004, he received quadruple bypass surgery. In 2005, he was admitted to hospital with a partially collapsed lung. He had two stents placed in his coronary artery in 2010.
He decided to adopt a mostly vegan diet, which helped him shed weight and improved his health.
Clinton was a frequent visitor to the field, often campaigning for Democratic candidates. And in 2016, as Hillary Clinton sought the White House as the Democratic nominee, her husband — by then a grandfather and nearing 70 — returned to the campaign trail.