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Bill Clinton is released from hospital


Former President Bill Clinton was released from a California hospital on Sunday after being admitted on Tuesday for treatment for a urological infection that progressed to sepsis, officials said.

A spokesperson for Mr Clinton shared a statement on Twitter from dr. Alpesh N. Amin, the chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, who had overseen the team of doctors treating Mr. Clinton.

Mr. Clinton’s “fever and white blood cell count have returned to normal and he will return to New York to complete his course of antibiotics,” said Dr. Amin. “On behalf of everyone at UC Irvine Medical Center, we were honored to have treated him and will continue to monitor his progress.”

Clinton’s spokesman Angel Ureña had said the former president, 75, was admitted to the UCI Medical Center in Orange, Calif., on Tuesday evening, with what he described as a “non-covid-related infection.”

On Saturday, mr. Ureña noticed on Twitter Clinton would be staying overnight in the hospital, describing him as “in a good mood” and “spending time with family, catching up with friends, and watching college football.”

Mr. Clinton was in California for an event related to his foundation. He had begun planning a more robust itinerary as Covid-related restrictions eased.

The doctors of Mr. clinton, dr. Amin and Dr. Lisa Bardack, said in: a statement on Thursday that he had been admitted to the hospital for “close monitoring” and had been given IV antibiotics and fluids.

Sepsis, a life-threatening response to infection, is a common cause of death in hospitals. About 1.7 million Americans develop sepsis in a typical year, and nearly 270,000 Americans die as a result of sepsis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sepsis, or the infection that causes it, starts out of the hospital in nearly 87 percent of cases, the CDC says.

Infections leading to sepsis usually begin in the lungs, urinary tract, skin, or gastrointestinal tract, according to the CDC. Without prompt treatment, it can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death.

In 2010, Mr. Clinton was taken to a New York hospital after experiencing chest pain, and later underwent a heart procedure. Doctors placed two stents in his own coronary artery.

In 2004, Mr. Clinton, who has a family history of heart disease, underwent quadruple coronary artery bypass surgery at a New York hospital. The open-heart procedure, which took four hours, came three days after tests for chest pain and shortness of breath revealed he had life-threatening heart disease.

Michael Levenson and Maggie Haberman reported.

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