Former US president Bill Clinton was released from a California hospital Sunday after spending five nights in treatment for an infection.
Clinton, 75, “was discharged from UC Irvine Medical Center today,” said a statement by UC Irvine doctor Alpesh Amin released via a Clinton spokesman.
The US leader from 1993 to 2001 was admitted Tuesday evening to the hospital south of Los Angeles with a non-Covid-related blood infection, his spokesman Angel Urena said on Twitter.
Arm in arm with his wife the former presidential candidate Hillary, Clinton gave a thumbs up after he walked slowly out of the hospital and shook hands with staff in front of television cameras.
The New York Times, quoting an aide, reported Clinton developed a urinary tract infection that turned into sepsis.
Sepsis is an extreme bodily reaction to infection that affects 1.7 million people in America annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“His fever and white blood cell count are normalized and he will return home to New York to finish his course of antibiotics,” added Amin, who oversaw the team of doctors treating the former president.
Sepsis kills 270,000 of those infected every year and the infection was the latest health scare for America’s 42nd president.
In 2004, at age 58, Clinton underwent a quadruple bypass operation after doctors found signs of extensive heart disease.
Six years later, he had stents implanted in his coronary artery.