Former President Bill Clinton admitted to hospital for infection

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WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton was admitted to the hospital earlier this week for a “non-COVID-related infection.

According to a spokesperson for the 42nd president, Clinton, 75, was admitted to UCI Medical Center Tuesday evening.

“He is on the mend, in good spirits, and is incredible thankful to the doctors, nurses and staff providing him with excellent care,” a statement released Thursday night said.

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 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.

He repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, mostly notably his wife, Hillary, during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination. And in 2016, as his wife sought the White House as the Democratic nominee, Clinton — by then a grandfather and nearing 70 — returned to the campaign trail.

The UCI Medical Center is in Orange County, about 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles. It wasn’t immediately clear why Clinton was in Southern California.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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