Former President Bill Clinton hospitalized, spokesperson says

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TAMPA (WFLA) – Former President Bill Clinton has been admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center for a non-Covid-related infection.

According to his spokesperson Angel Urena, after two days of treatment, his white blood cell count is trending down and he is responding to antibiotics well.

Urena went on to say the former president “is on the mend and in good spirits.”

In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health scares. In 2004, he underwent quadruple bypass surgery after experiencing prolonged chest pains and shortness of breath. He returned to the hospital for surgery for a partially collapsed lung in 2005, and in 2010 had a pair of stents implanted in a coronary artery.

He responded by embracing a largely vegan diet that saw him lose weight and report improved health.

He repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, mostly notably his wife, Hillary, during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination. And in 2016, as his wife sought the White House as the Democratic nominee, Clinton — by then a grandfather and nearing 70 — returned to the campaign trail.

The UCI Medical Center is in Orange County, about 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles. It wasn’t immediately clear why Clinton was in Southern California.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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