Former President Bill Clinton was released from a California hospital on Sunday after being admitted Tuesday for treatment of a urologic infection that turned into sepsis, officials said.
A spokesperson for Mr. Clinton shared a statement on Twitter Dr. Alpesh N. Amin, chairman of the department of medicine at the University of California at Irvine, who oversaw the team of physicians treating Mr. Clinton.
“Mr. Clinton’s fever and white blood cell count are normalized and he will return to New York to complete his antibiotic treatment,” 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.”
Mr Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña said the former president, 75, was admitted to UCI Medical Center in Orange, Calif. On Tuesday evening, with what He described as an “unrelated Covid infection”.
Saturday, Mr. Ureña noted on Twitter that Mr. Clinton would stay in the hospital overnight, and described him as “in a good mood” and “spending time with his family, catching up with friends and watching college football.”
Mr. Clinton was in California for an event related to his founding. He had started planning a more robust travel schedule as Covid restrictions were relaxed.
Mr Clinton’s doctors Dr Amin and Dr Lisa Bardack said in A declaration Thursday that he had been admitted to the hospital for “close monitoring” and had received antibiotics and IV fluids.
Sepsis, a potentially fatal 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 from sepsis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Sepsis, or the infection that causes it, begins outside of the hospital in nearly 87% of cases, according to the CDC.
According to the CDC, infections that lead to sepsis most often start in the lungs, urinary tract, skin, or gastrointestinal tract. Without prompt treatment, they can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death.
In 2010, Mr. Clinton was rushed to a New York City hospital after experiencing chest pain and then undergoing heart surgery. Doctors inserted two stents into her native coronary artery.
In 2004, Mr. Clinton, who has a family history of heart disease, underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery at a New York City hospital. The open-heart procedure, which lasted four hours, came three days after tests for chest pain and shortness of breath revealed he was suffering from life-threatening heart disease.
Michael Levenson and Maggie Haberman contributed reporting.