Former US President Bill Clinton, 75, was transferred late on Thursday (14) to the ICU of a hospital in Irvine, California.
According to a statement from your spokesperson, Angel Ureña, the politician was admitted to the hospital last Tuesday (12), but the reasons for hospitalization were not informed. The text emphasizes that the picture is not related to the coronavirus.
“He is recovering, in a good mood and extremely grateful to the doctors, nurses and staff who provided him with excellent care”, says the note.
According to CNN, Clinton was reportedly transferred to the ICU to maintain his privacy.
The network also said the former president felt unwell this week after attending his foundation’s events — for which he traveled to California, resuming a schedule that had been paralyzed for months due to travel restrictions imposed by the pandemic.
Sanjay Gupta, a CNN commentator, citing the Democrat’s doctors, said the picture is a blood infection, unrelated to the politician’s heart problems.
The American newspaper The New York Times reported that the condition evolved from a urinary infection to sepsis.
Clinton, who held the US presidency for two terms from 1993 to 2001, has a history of health problems since leaving office. In 2004, he underwent heart surgery to have bypass grafts after he complained of chest pain and difficulty breathing. In 2010, he underwent a new procedure.
Years earlier, he had had a carcinoma of his back in 2001 and had had to remove a precancerous lesion from his nose in 1996 and a benign breast cyst a year earlier.
One hospital announcement this thursday, signed by doctors Alpesh Amin and Lisa Bardack, reported that the treatment is having an effect and that the former president responds well to the medication.
“Clinton was admitted to the hospital to monitor the condition and administer intravenous antibiotics and serum. He remains hospitalized for observation”, says the text. “After two days of treatment, his white blood cell count is decreasing and he is responding well to antibiotics.”
The statement also states that the California team is in direct contact with the former president’s physician in New York, including his cardiologist.
“We hope to send him home soon”, concludes the text, without mentioning a possible date for discharge.
Bill Clinton was born in Arkansas and was the state’s attorney general and governor before reaching the presidency, succeeding Republican George HW Bush. He is married to Hillary Clinton, who was a senator, secretary of state under the Barack Obama administration, and a candidate for president — she was ultimately defeated by Donald Trump in 2016, in a campaign in which he actively participated.
His administration, from which he emerged in high popularity despite not having made a successor (Al Gore was defeated by George W. Bush), was marked by a good performance of the economy and a sex scandal involving the former intern of the House Branca Monica Lewinsky—a case he classified years later in his biography as “immoral and foolish”.
The episode earned the then president a request for impeachment, with accusations of obstruction of justice and perjury before a jury of inquiry. The process passed the House in 1998, but ended up barred in the Senate the following year, with the Democrat’s acquittal.