Bill Clinton, 75, is in the ICU with ‘sepsis caused by urinary tract infection’: Former president is ‘on the mend’ and responding well to antibiotics after 2 days of treatment in California
- Bill Clinton was admitted to a California hospital Tuesday, his spokesperson said
- He’s apparently ‘on the mend’ and was admitted for a non-COVID reason
- The Democratic commander-in-chief turned 75 years old this past August
CNN reports that former President Bill Clinton was hospitalized on Tuesday in California
Former President Bill Clinton was hospitalized in California on Tuesday, his spokesperson announced on Thursday night.
CNN reported that he’s being treated in the Intensive Care Unit for a possible blood infection known as sepsis.
A spokesman for the Democrat commander-in-chief said he was admitted to University of California Irvine’s medical center to get treatment for a non-COVID related issue.
‘On Tuesday evening, President Clinton was admitted to UCI Medical Center to receive treatment for a non-COVID-related infection,’ his spokesperson Angel Ureña said in a statement.
‘He is on the mend, thankful tot he doctors, nurses and staff providing him with excellent care.’
CNN has reported that Clinton is in the ICU for privacy reasons rather than the state of his condition.
Clinton’s physicians, Dr. Alpesh Amin and Dr. Lisa Bardack, released a joint statement that says he was admitted with an ‘infection’ but has improved since receiving treatment.
‘President Clinton was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center and diagnosed with an infection. He was admitted to the hospital for close monitoring and administered IV antibiotics and fluids,’ Amin and Bardack said.
‘He remains at the hospital for continuous monitoring. After two days of treatment, his white blood cell count is trending down and he is responding to antibiotics well.’
Clinton was admitted to University of California Irvine Medical Center (pictured) on Tuesday
They concluded, ‘The California-based medical team has been in constant communication with the President’s New York-based medical team, including his cardiologist. We hope to have him go home soon.’
The former president’s cardiac problems have been well-documented. He became a vegan in 2010 to improve his health and credited the meat- and dairy-free died with changing – and potentially saving – his life.
Doctors have ruled out heart issues, according to CNN, despite Clinton’s history – including an operation in 2004 and a stent placement in 2010.
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo announced the breaking news at the top of his show.
The 75-year-old former world leader was feeling unwell and fatigued on Tuesday when he was in California for an event related to the Clinton Foundation, CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta said after speaking with Clinton’s doctors and staff.
‘What they think is going on with the former president now is a blood infection. Sometimes known as sepsis,’ Gupta said on Thursday evening.
Clinton could be released from the hospital as early as Friday and remain on a regiment of oral antibiotics for however long is necessary.
He reportedly developed a urinary tract infection that became a condition known as urosepsis.
Gupta said he was told the charismatic former governor of Arkansas was joking around with hospital staff as of Thursday.
He added that Clinton is ‘mobile’ and can get himself up and around.
The ex-president reportedly could be released as early as Friday.
Former first lady and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was with her husband in Southern California for their event. It’s unclear if she’s at the hospital with him now.
Sepsis is a blood condition caused when the body releases chemicals to fight an infection. It’s treatable when caught early but could be life-threatening if not.
What is sepsis?
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition caused when the body releases chemicals to fight an infection.
These chemicals damage the body’s own tissues and organs and can lead to shock, organ failure and death.
Organ failure and death are more likely if sepsis is not recognized early and treated immediately.
Sepsis infects an estimated 55,000 Australians each year, killing between 5,000 and 9,000 making it more than four times deadlier than the road toll.
The symptoms can look like gastro or flu and can become deadly, rapidly.
The six major signs of something potentially deadly can be identified by the acronym ‘SEPSIS’:
- Slurred speech or confusion, lethargy, disorientation
- Extreme shivering or muscle pain, fever or low temperature
- Pressing a rash doesn’t make it fade
- Severe breathlessness, rapid breathing
- Inability to pass urine for several hours
- Skin that’s mottled or discoloured
Children may also show convulsions or fits, and a rash that doesn’t fade when you press it – and more than 40 per cent of cases occur in children under five.
Anyone who develops these symptoms should seek medical help urgently — and ask doctors: ‘Could this be sepsis?’
The early symptoms of sepsis can be easily confused with more mild conditions, making it difficult to diagnose.
A high temperature (fever), chills and shivering, a fast heartbeat and rapid breathing are also indicators.
A patient can rapidly deteriorate if sepsis is missed early on, so quick diagnosis and treatment is vital – yet this rarely happens.
In the early stages, sepsis can be mistaken for a chest infection, flu or upset stomach.
It is most common and dangerous in older adults, pregnant women, children younger than one, people with chronic conditions or those who have weakened immune systems.