Former US President Bill Clinton recovering from serious illness in hospital

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Former US President Bill Clinton has been taken to hospital with an illness believed to be sepsis, US media reports.

His spokesman, Angel Urena, said he is "on the mend" and "in good spirits".

He added: "He is incredibly thankful to doctors, nurses and staff providing him with excellent care"

The 75-year-old, who led the country between 1992 and 2000, was taken University of California Irvine medical centre on Tuesday after experiencing a range of symptoms.

He is being treated under continuous supervision in the Intensive Care Unit with intravenous antibiotics.

A statement by his doctors on Thursday night revealed that his white blood cell count "trending down" — which would suggest that he is fighting the infection successfully — and he is "responding to antibiotics well."

Doctors added: "We hope to have him go home soon."

Speaking on CNN, medical correspondent Dr Sanjay Gupta said: "I've spoken to members of his staff, and his doctors."

“What they think is going on with the former president now is a blood infection, sometimes known as sepsis… What the doctors have said is that he did have an episode.”

Dr Gupta also said that he may be leaving hospital as soon as tomorrow, and is kept in the ICU for reasons of his own privacy.

Mr Clinton has previously experienced problems with his heart, but this latest medical issue is not believed to be related.

In 2004, he was given quadruple bypass surgery on his arteries after ending a stressful 8-year term with heart complaints.

He then returned to hospital in 2010 to have two stents inserted to open one artery after the bypass wore out.

The 42nd President committed to an almost-entirely vegan diet later that same year. He said a weekly salmon dish was the only meat he ate regularly.

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