Former President Bill Clinton was expected to be released from a Southern California hospital Sunday, a spokesperson said.
“President Clinton has continued to make excellent progress over the last 24 hours,” Angel Ureña said in statement Saturday afternoon. “He will remain overnight at UC Irvine Medical Center to continue to receive IV antibiotics before an expected discharge tomorrow.”
The former president was diagnosed with a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream, a source with knowledge of the situation told NBC News on Friday. The source said Clinton was up and moving, and that his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was by his side.
Hillary and Chelsea Clinton were at the hospital Saturday.
Former President Clinton was receiving an antibiotic intravenously, not orally, which is a reason he remained hospitalized this weekend, the source said.
Ureña said Clinton, 75, had been admitted Tuesday for a non-Covid-related infection.
On Friday he said “indicators” for the former president were looking good. His white blood count had decreased significantly, the spokesperson said.
Clinton’s doctors also released a statement earlier in the week confirming his improvement.
“He was admitted to the hospital for close monitoring and administered IV antibiotics and fluids. 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,” Drs. Alpesh Amin and Lisa Bardack said in the statement. “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.”
President Joe Biden told reporters on Friday that he spoke to Clinton by phone “to see how he was doing.”
“He’s doing fine. He really is,” Biden said. “He’s not in any serious condition. He is getting out shortly, as I understand.”
A source close to Clinton said Thursday that he’d been in intensive care “as a precautionary measure.” The hospital needed to isolate him and not because his care required it, the source said.
Clinton also has a history of heart problems.
In 2004, Clinton underwent a quadruple bypass operation at New York-Presbyterian Hospital to reroute his blood supply to circumvent four severely clogged arteries, The New York Times reported at the time. Clinton had complained of chest pains and shortness of breath. A team of surgeons then found extensive signs of heart disease, with blockages in some of Clinton’s arteries at well over 90 percent, the newspaper reported.
Clinton returned to New York-Presbyterian Hospital in 2010 to undergo another heart procedure, this time to insert two stents into a coronary artery.
Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton were scheduled to attend a private Clinton Foundation event in California Thursday evening.
Hillary Clinton went to the event to represent them both, according to a person close to the Clintons, and then she went to be with her husband in Irvine, which is in Orange County.
Jay Blackman, Dareh Gregorian and Dennis Romero contributed.