In a second statement from Clinton’s spokesman, doctors dr. Alpesh Amin et al. Lisa Bardack, who said the former president was “given IV antibiotics and fluids”.
“After two days of treatment, his white blood cell count drops and responds well to antibiotics,” the doctors said. “The California medical team has been in constant communication with the New York presidential medical team, including his cardiologist. We hope to bring him home soon.”
In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health fears. In 2004, he underwent surgery for a quadruple bypass after prolonged chest pain and difficulty breathing. He returned to the hospital for surgery due to a partially broken lung in 2005, and in 2010 a pair of stents were implanted in the coronary artery.
He responded by accepting a mostly vegan diet that caused him to lose weight and reported improving his health.
He returned to the stump several times, campaigning for Democratic candidates, mostly his wife Hillary, during her failed candidacy for the 2008 presidential nomination. And in 2016, as his wife sought the White House as a Democratic candidate, Clinton – then a grandfather and close to 70 – returned to the election campaign.
UCI Medical Center is located in Orange County, about 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles. It was not immediately clear why Clinton was in Southern California.