Former President Bill Clinton released from California hospital

Former President Bill Clinton has been released from a Southern California hospital on Sunday after he spent five nights receiving treatment for a urological infection.

Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, just southeast of Los Angeles, as they held each other’s arms. 

The former president shook hands with hospital staff as he departed the facility alongside his wife of 46 years. 

Just before his release, the former first lady was seen being escorted to the entrance of the facility early on Sunday morning. 

The former president will head home to New York to continue his recovery, a spokesman said. 

Former President Bill Clinton (pictured left with former First Lady and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday) has been released from a Southern California hospital on Sunday where he spent five nights receiving treatment for a urological infection

Former President Bill Clinton (pictured left with former First Lady and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday) has been released from a Southern California hospital on Sunday where he spent five nights receiving treatment for a urological infection

Former President Bill Clinton (pictured left with former First Lady and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday) has been released from a Southern California hospital on Sunday where he spent five nights receiving treatment for a urological infection 

The 42nd president spent five nights at the hospital where he received treatment for a urological infection

The 42nd president spent five nights at the hospital where he received treatment for a urological infection

The 42nd president spent five nights at the hospital where he received treatment for a urological infection

The former president appeared in good spirits as his wife held him by the arm while walking out of University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, California

The former president appeared in good spirits as his wife held him by the arm while walking out of University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, California

The former president appeared in good spirits as his wife held him by the arm while walking out of University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, California

Bill Clinton gives a thumbs up sign to photographers and assembled media outside of the hospital on Sunday

Bill Clinton shakes hands with a hospital staffer after he was released from UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange on Sunday

Bill Clinton shakes hands with a hospital staffer after he was released from UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange on Sunday

Bill Clinton shakes hands with a hospital staffer after he was released from UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange on Sunday

The former president shakes hands with a hospital staffer after he was discharged from the facility on Sunday

The former president shakes hands with a hospital staffer after he was discharged from the facility on Sunday

The former president shakes hands with a hospital staffer after he was discharged from the facility on Sunday

Bill Clinton left the hospital at around 8am local time with Hillary Clinton on his arm. 

Dressed in jeans and a sports coat and wearing a face mask, he made his way out of the hospital slowly and stopped to shake hands with doctors and nurses lined up on the sidewalk.

He gave a thumbs-up when a reporter asked how he was feeling, and he and Hillary Clinton then boarded a black SUV. 

They departed in a motorcade escorted by the California Highway Patrol and headed to the airport.

Bill Clinton’s ‘fever and white blood cell count are normalized, and he will return home to New York to finish his course of antibiotics,’ Dr. Alpesh N. Amin said in a statement shared on Twitter by a Clinton spokesman. 

He plans to continue his recovery at his home in Chappaqua, New York, officials said.  

The 42nd president spent a fifth night on Saturday at the hospital, where he is recovering from an infection but is expected to be released Sunday after making great progress, a spokesman said.

Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña said in a statement on Saturday that the former president would remain one more night at the facility to receive IV antibiotics. 

But he said all health indicators were ‘trending in the right direction.’ 

Former first lady and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives at the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, California, on Sunday. Former President Clinton spent a fifth night at the Southern California hospital where he is recovering from an infection but is expected to be released Sunday after making great progress, a spokesman said

Former first lady and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives at the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, California, on Sunday. Former President Clinton spent a fifth night at the Southern California hospital where he is recovering from an infection but is expected to be released Sunday after making great progress, a spokesman said

Former first lady and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives at the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, California, on Sunday. Former President Clinton spent a fifth night at the Southern California hospital where he is recovering from an infection but is expected to be released Sunday after making great progress, a spokesman said

The former first lady was seen being escorted to the entrance of the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, just southeast of Los Angeles, by Secret Service agents early on Sunday morning

The former first lady was seen being escorted to the entrance of the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, just southeast of Los Angeles, by Secret Service agents early on Sunday morning

The former first lady was seen being escorted to the entrance of the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, just southeast of Los Angeles, by Secret Service agents early on Sunday morning 

Hillary Clinton is seen entering the hospital early on Sunday morning - hours before her husband was released

Hillary Clinton is seen entering the hospital early on Sunday morning - hours before her husband was released

Hillary Clinton is seen entering the hospital early on Sunday morning – hours before her husband was released

‘President Clinton has continued to make excellent progress over the past 24 hours,’ Ureña said.

Hillary Clinton has been with her husband at the hospital. She returned with daughter Chelsea at around 8am Saturday in an SUV accompanied by Secret Service agents.

Hillary, donning a black and white tunic, headband, face mask and sunglasses carried a coffee as she walked into the hospital alongside Chelsea, who wore jeans, a jacket and baseball cap and held onto her husband Marc Mezvinsky’s arm. 

Bill, 75, was admitted into the hospital on Tuesday after a urological infection caused by E. coli developed into sepsis, a life-threating reaction to an infection.  

Bill’s doctors said that the urinary tract infection developed into a condition known as urosepsis. 

Former US President Bill Clinton will remain overnight in a Southern California hospital following a urological infection, but he has continued to make 'excellent progress' and is expected to be discharged on Sunday, his spokesman said in a statement on Saturday

Former US President Bill Clinton will remain overnight in a Southern California hospital following a urological infection, but he has continued to make 'excellent progress' and is expected to be discharged on Sunday, his spokesman said in a statement on Saturday

Former US President Bill Clinton will remain overnight in a Southern California hospital following a urological infection, but he has continued to make ‘excellent progress’ and is expected to be discharged on Sunday, his spokesman said in a statement on Saturday

Hillary (far right), Chelsea Clinton (center) and her husband Marc Mezvinsky (far left) were pictured visiting Bill at the hospital on Saturday, his fifth day there suffering sepsis

Hillary (far right), Chelsea Clinton (center) and her husband Marc Mezvinsky (far left) were pictured visiting Bill at the hospital on Saturday, his fifth day there suffering sepsis

Hillary (far right), Chelsea Clinton (center) and her husband Marc Mezvinsky (far left) were pictured visiting Bill at the hospital on Saturday, his fifth day there suffering sepsis 

Hillary was pictured visiting Bill on Saturday  after he was admitted on Tuesday when a urological infection developed into sepsis, a life-threating reaction to an infection

Hillary was pictured visiting Bill on Saturday  after he was admitted on Tuesday when a urological infection developed into sepsis, a life-threating reaction to an infection

Hillary was pictured visiting Bill on Saturday  after he was admitted on Tuesday when a urological infection developed into sepsis, a life-threating reaction to an infection

Hillary, 41, donning a black and white tunic, headband, face mask and sunglasses

Hillary, 41, donning a black and white tunic, headband, face mask and sunglasses

She carried a coffee as she walked into the University of California Irvine Medical Center this morning

She carried a coffee as she walked into the University of California Irvine Medical Center this morning

Hillary, 41, donning a black and white tunic, headband, face mask and sunglasses carried a coffee as she walked into the University of California Irvine Medical Center on Saturday morning

President Joe Biden said Friday night that he had spoken to Bill Clinton, and the former president ‘sends his best.’

‘He’s doing fine; he really is,’ Biden said during remarks at the University of Connecticut.

Biden told reporters in Storrs, Connecticut, on Friday: ‘Oh, I wanted to see how he was doing… I’ve been trying to get a hold of him. He’s doing fine, he really is.’

Biden added: ‘He’s not in any serious condition.

‘He is getting out shortly, as I understand it. Whether that’s tomorrow or the next day, I don’t know.’

Clinton, 75, was admitted on Tuesday with an infection unrelated to COVID-19, Ureña said.

‘He is in great spirits and has been spending time with family, catching up with friends, and watching college football,’ said Ureña´s Saturday statement.

An aide to the former president said Clinton had a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream, but he is on the mend and never went into septic shock, a potentially life-threatening condition.

The aide, who spoke to reporters at the hospital on the condition his name wasn’t used, said Clinton was in an intensive care section of the hospital but wasn’t receiving ICU care.

Bill could reportedly be released onto a regiment of oral antibiotics at home as early as this weekend. 

Biden also noted that he hasn’t seen Bill in a while and plans to ‘have some lunch’ with him in the near future, when he’s fully recovered. 

Hillary and Bill's daughter Chelsea Clinton (right), 41, went to visit her father wearing jeans, a jacket and a baseball cap as she held onto her husband Marc Mezvinsky's (left) arm

Hillary and Bill's daughter Chelsea Clinton (right), 41, went to visit her father wearing jeans, a jacket and a baseball cap as she held onto her husband Marc Mezvinsky's (left) arm

Hillary and Bill’s daughter Chelsea Clinton (right), 41, went to visit her father wearing jeans, a jacket and a baseball cap as she held onto her husband Marc Mezvinsky’s (left) arm

Biden remarked while at the University of Connecticut on Friday that he had spoken to Clinton. 'Oh, I wanted to see how he was doing... I've been trying to get a hold of him. He's doing fine, he really is'

Biden remarked while at the University of Connecticut on Friday that he had spoken to Clinton. 'Oh, I wanted to see how he was doing... I've been trying to get a hold of him. He's doing fine, he really is'

Biden remarked while at the University of Connecticut on Friday that he had spoken to Clinton. ‘Oh, I wanted to see how he was doing… I’ve been trying to get a hold of him. He’s doing fine, he really is’

Hillary was first pictured visiting her husband on Thursday after the news of his hospitalization broke

Hillary was first pictured visiting her husband on Thursday after the news of his hospitalization broke

Bill has reportedly been talking to friends and family, and even walking around, since being admitted

Bill has reportedly been talking to friends and family, and even walking around, since being admitted

Hillary was first pictured visiting her husband on Thursday after the news of his hospitalization broke. Bill has reportedly been talking to friends and family, and even walking around, since

Bill's spokesperson Angel Urena assured Friday that the former president was 'on the mend'

Bill's spokesperson Angel Urena assured Friday that the former president was 'on the mend'

Bill’s spokesperson Angel Urena assured Friday that the former president was ‘on the mend’

The blood infection that forced the former president to be hospitalized on Tuesday was reportedly caused by the bacteria known as E Coli, his doctors confirmed on Friday morning.

Urena noted that the 75-year-old’s white blood count was high but has since decreased, indicating that ‘all health indicators are trending in the right direction’.

‘President Clinton continues to be in excellent spirits, and is deeply grateful for the outstanding care he is receiving and the well wishes that people have sent from across America and around the world,’ Urena added. 

Bill, who had a quadruple heart bypass in 2004, was in Southern California for a ‘series of events’ when he fell ill, CBS medical contributor Dr David Agus said.

‘At the first event he started to feel light headed, nausea, vomiting and was brought to a hospital,’ doctors told him.

‘At that hospital he was found to have an infection in his blood and they did a CAT scan, looked over his body and even his brain. And the infection source was found to be the urine.

Hillary's longtime confidante Huma Abedin (pictured) was seen on Friday morning arriving at the hospital where Bill was being treated alongside Hillary Clinton

Hillary's longtime confidante Huma Abedin (pictured) was seen on Friday morning arriving at the hospital where Bill was being treated alongside Hillary Clinton

Hillary’s longtime confidante Huma Abedin (pictured) was seen on Friday morning arriving at the hospital where Bill was being treated alongside Hillary Clinton

Hillary visited her husband again on Friday night and was pictured on her phone while leaving the medical center

Hillary visited her husband again on Friday night and was pictured on her phone while leaving the medical center

Hillary visited her husband again on Friday night and was pictured on her phone while leaving the medical center

Hillary left in a car alongside Abedin a day after the news of Bill's hospitalization broke

Hillary left in a car alongside Abedin a day after the news of Bill's hospitalization broke

Hillary left in a car alongside Abedin a day after the news of Bill’s hospitalization broke

Hillary was seen walking out of the California medical unit last night after visiting her husband for the second time in one day

Hillary was seen walking out of the California medical unit last night after visiting her husband for the second time in one day

Bill had to stay at the hospital another night to receive intra-venous antibiotics for the infection, which was unrelated to Covid-19

Bill had to stay at the hospital another night to receive intra-venous antibiotics for the infection, which was unrelated to Covid-19

Hillary was seen walking out of the California medical unit last night after visiting her husband for the second time in one day. Bill had to stay at the hospital another night to receive intra-venous antibiotics for the infection, which was unrelated to Covid-19

Hillary's car departed after she visited her husband, who reportedly 'started to feel light headed, nausea, vomiting and was brought to a hospital' when he fell ill on Tuesday

Hillary's car departed after she visited her husband, who reportedly 'started to feel light headed, nausea, vomiting and was brought to a hospital' when he fell ill on Tuesday

Hillary’s car departed after she visited her husband, who reportedly ‘started to feel light headed, nausea, vomiting and was brought to a hospital’ when he fell ill on Tuesday

‘The bacteria that grew out was called E Coli, and he was put on what we call a broad spectrum antibiotics,’ the doctor explained.

But he has been talking to staff and family, and walking around, it was reported.

Hillary also visited her husband on Thursday and Friday – both times alongside her longtime confidante Huma Abedin.

On Friday morning Hillary and Abedin, who was married to disgraced New York lawmaker Anthony Weiner, checked in on Bill. 

The former first lady was pictured in a blue dress, flanked by security guards, as she entered the hospital while a masked Abedin wore blue jeans and a floral blouse.

Abedin was with Hillary then, too, and wore a dress and black blazer alongside the former first lady, who wore a grey jacket, black pants and kitten heels

Abedin was with Hillary then, too, and wore a dress and black blazer alongside the former first lady, who wore a grey jacket, black pants and kitten heels

Abedin was with Hillary then, too, and wore a dress and black blazer alongside the former first lady, who wore a grey jacket, black pants and kitten heels

Hillary visited her sick husband on Thursday, too, which is when she was first pictured leaving the hospital

Hillary visited her sick husband on Thursday, too, which is when she was first pictured leaving the hospital

Hillary visited her sick husband on Thursday, too, which is when she was first pictured leaving the hospital

Hillary was pictured arriving at the hospital late on Thursday evening with a security detail

Hillary was pictured arriving at the hospital late on Thursday evening with a security detail

Hillary was pictured arriving at the hospital late on Thursday evening with a security detail

Later that night a somber-looking Hillary was pictured entering the unit to visit Bill for the second time that day before being driven away in the back of a car. Abedin was also seen in the backseat of the car. 

Hillary reportedly represented them both at a previously-scheduled event in Southern California before arriving at the medical center. 

She was first pictured visiting her husband on Thursday night as news of the former President’s hospitalization broke.

Abedin was with her then, too, and wore a dress and black blazer alongside Hillary, who wore a grey jacket, black pants and kitten heels.    

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 he 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.

Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination. 

And in 2016, as Hillary Clinton sought the White House as the Democratic nominee, her husband – by then a grandfather and nearing 70 – returned to the campaign trail.

The image above taken on Friday shows the exterior of University of California Irvine Medical Center

The image above taken on Friday shows the exterior of University of California Irvine Medical Center

The image above taken on Friday shows the exterior of University of California Irvine Medical Center

The silent killer: Everything you need to know about sepsis

The life-threatening condition strikes when an infection triggers a violent immune response, in which the body attacks its own organs. 

It can happen as a result of any type of infection, whether caused by a virus, bacteria or fungus.

Sepsis may progress to septic shock, a dramatic drop in blood pressure that can lead to severe organ damage and death. 

If caught early, the infection can be controlled by antibiotics before the body goes into overdrive.

More than 11million people around the world – including 45,000 in the UK and 270,000 in the US – die of sepsis ever year, data suggests.  

It means the illness, which is known as the ‘silent killer’, claims more lives than smoking and pollution. 

But the early symptoms of sepsis can be easily confused with more mild conditions, meaning it can be difficult to diagnose.

Sepsis has similar symptoms to flu, gastroenteritis and a chest infection.

These include:

  • Slurred speech or confusion
  • Extreme shivering or muscle pain
  • Passing no urine in a day
  • Severe breathlessness
  • It feels like you are dying
  • Skin mottled or discolored  
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