Thursday, October 28, 2021

Bill Clinton hospitalized with possible sepsis in California: Former president, 75, is in the ICU

Former President Bill Clinton, pictured on June 24 on Seth Meyers' show, was hospitalized on Tuesday in California, but is 'on the mend'

Former President Bill Clinton, pictured on June 24 on Seth Meyers’ show, was hospitalized on Tuesday in California, but is ‘on the mend’

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 issue.

‘On Tuesday evening, President Clinton was admitted to UCI Medical Center to receive treatment for a non-COVID-related infection,’ said his spokesperson, Angel Ureña, in a statement.

‘He is on the mend, thankful to the 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.

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One of Clinton's most recent appearances was a videolink greeting to the Elizabeth Taylor Ball to End AIDS, held on September 17 in West Hollywood

One of Clinton’s most recent appearances was a videolink greeting to the Elizabeth Taylor Ball to End AIDS, held on September 17 in West Hollywood

The exterior of the University of California Irvine Douglas Hospital on Thursday evening, where Bill Clinton was recovering from an infection

The exterior of the University of California Irvine Douglas Hospital on Thursday evening, where Bill Clinton was recovering from an infection

The Secret Service motorcade for the former president is pictured on Thursday night outside the hospital in Irvine, California

The Secret Service motorcade for the former president is pictured on Thursday night outside the hospital in Irvine, California

Clinton's Secret Service detail are seen on Thursday awaiting him. Former presidents are guaranteed protection for life, but their adult children are not

Clinton’s Secret Service detail are seen on Thursday awaiting him. Former presidents are guaranteed protection for life, but their adult children are not

Bill and Hillary Clinton are pictured on September 11 at the ceremony in New York City commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

Bill and Hillary Clinton are pictured on September 11 at the ceremony in New York City commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

The Clintons attended the 9/11 memorial ceremony in New York with the Obamas, Bidens, Michael Bloomberg and Nancy Pelosi

The Clintons attended the 9/11 memorial ceremony in New York with the Obamas, Bidens, Michael Bloomberg and Nancy Pelosi

Hillary Clinton, pictured on October 11 leaving the set of Good Morning America in New York, is currently in California with her husband

Hillary Clinton, pictured on October 11 leaving the set of Good Morning America in New York, is currently in California with her husband

Clinton, who has a new book out, State of Terror, is pictured on October 11 speaking to Seth Meyers with co-author Louise Penny

Clinton, who has a new book out, State of Terror, is pictured on October 11 speaking to Seth Meyers with co-author Louise Penny

Clinton is pictured on August 21 at the East Hampton Artists & Writers annual softball game, in New York. The Clintons have summered in the Hamptons for several years

Clinton is pictured on August 21 at the East Hampton Artists & Writers annual softball game, in New York. The Clintons have summered in the Hamptons for several years

The former president was in high spirits at the softball game in the exclusive coastal town

The former president was in high spirits at the softball game in the exclusive coastal town

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.’ 

The hospital sign is lit up on Thursday night, as Clinton remains in their ICU ward

The hospital sign is lit up on Thursday night, as Clinton remains in their ICU ward

Clinton was admitted to University of California Irvine Medical Center (pictured) on Tuesday

Clinton was admitted to University of California Irvine Medical Center (pictured) on Tuesday

Hillary Clinton was also in California for the event but it's unknown if she is currently at the hospital with her husband

Hillary Clinton was also in California for the event but it’s unknown if she is currently at the hospital with her husband

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.

Quadruple heart bypass and stents: Bill Clinton’s health history

1992

On the presidential campaign trail, Clinton’s doctors said he was in excellent health, but noted that he had allergies, mild hearing loss – which he attributed to loud music and hunting – chronic laryngitis and, at 226lbs, needed to lose weight.

His mother’s side of the family had a history of heart problems, but he showed no signs of concern. 

Bill Clinton is seen with his wife Hillary in July 1992, on the presidential campaign trail

Bill Clinton is seen with his wife Hillary in July 1992, on the presidential campaign trail

Clinton is seen eating a hot dog on the campaign trail in Cincinnati in 1992

Clinton is seen eating a hot dog on the campaign trail in Cincinnati in 1992

1993-2001

Clinton, as president, was known for his love of burgers and junk food. Yet he was also seen regularly jogging, and his weight and cholesterol fluctuated.

He said in 1996 his main issues were allergies, hoarseness and his weight – although he was down to 216lbs in his medical that year. 

He was fitted with a hearing aid in 1997, and was told during his presidency to start taking prescription medicines to lower his cholesterol. 

Clinton is pictured enjoying an ice cream in Pennsylvania in July 2000

Clinton is pictured enjoying an ice cream in Pennsylvania in July 2000

JANUARY 21, 2001

Clinton leaves the White House, aged 54. He said he believed he was ‘in the shape of my life,’ but began experiencing shortness of breath not long after, which he admitted he ignored for too long. 

SEPTEMBER 6, 2004

Clinton undergoes a quadruple heart bypass, at the Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center of Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. Doctors said he had nearly 100 per cent blockage in some of his arteries when he underwent surgery and had narrowly avoided having a major heart attack. 

FEBRUARY 12, 2010

Clinton, aged 63, suffers discomfort in his chest and is taken to hospital in New York – the same where he had his quadruple bypass. He has a stent inserted into his artery; a fairly common procedure. 

He becomes almost-entirely vegan, in a bid to improve his diet, with weekly salmon his only animal product. His daughter Chelsea marries in July, having told her father to lose 15lbs, and Clinton looks noticeably svelte.

Clinton was told by his daughter to lose 15lbs for her wedding, and he obliged

Clinton was told by his daughter to lose 15lbs for her wedding, and he obliged 

OCTOBER 12, 2021

Clinton is admitted to hospital in Irvine, California, for treatment for sepsis.

He is given antibiotics. 

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. 

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. 

Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison wished Clinton well on Twitter.

‘Praying for a speedy recovery for President @BillClinton,’ Harrison wrote on Twitter.

DailyMail.com has reached out to the White House for comment. 

Clinton’s name has been back in the headlines with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky’s thanks to FX’s American Crime Story: Impeachment. 

The drama series chronicles their affair and boasts Lewinsky as a producer. 

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.  

 

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