WASHINGTON -- Former President Bill Clinton was admitted Tuesday to a Southern California hospital with an infection, but he is now "on the mend," his spokesperson said Thursday.
Angel Urena stated that Clinton, 75, was admitted Tuesday evening to the University of California Irvine Medical Center for a non COVID-related infection.
Urena stated that "He is well, is in good spirits, and is extremely grateful to the nurses and doctors who provided him with excellent care."
Clinton's spokesman made a second statement, quoting Dr. Lisa Bardack and Dr. Alpesh Amin who claimed that the former president was "administered IV fluids and antibiotics."
The former president has had many health problems since leaving the White House in 2001. After suffering from prolonged chest pains, shortness of breath and long-term chest pains in 2004, he had quadruple bypass surgery. In 2005, he was admitted to the hospital with a partially collapsed lung. He had two stents placed in his coronary artery in 2010.
He decided to adopt a largely vegetarian diet, which helped him lose weight and improve his health.
He returned repeatedly to the campaign trail, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably for his wife, Hillary Clinton, in her unsuccessful 2008 presidential bid. In 2016, when Hillary Clinton was seeking the White House, Bill Clinton -- then a grandfather, and close to 70 -- returned back to the campaign trail.
According to a spokesperson for the Clinton Foundation, the former president was visiting Los Angeles for private events that were related to his charitable organization. About 40 miles (64km) south of Los Angeles, the UCI Medical Center can be found in Orange County.