Thursday, February 11, 2010

Bill Clinton Hospitalized

From the New York Times:

Former President Bill Clinton was taken to a New York hospital on Thursday after experiencing chest pains, and doctors there inserted two stents into one of his coronary arteries, his office said.

“Today President Bill Clinton was admitted to the Columbia campus of New York-Presbyterian Hospital after feeling discomfort in his chest,” said a statement issued by Douglas Band, his longtime adviser.

Mr. Clinton, who serves as the United Nations special envoy to Haiti, has been spending much of his time in recent weeks trying to coordinate relief and recovery efforts for the Caribbean island after a devastating earthquake claimed more than 200,000 lives. Mr. Clinton just returned a few days ago from his second trip there since the earthquake.

“Following a visit to his cardiologist, he underwent a procedure to place two stents in one of his coronary arteries,” Mr. Band’s statement said.

“President Clinton is in good spirits and will continue to focus on the work of his foundation and Haiti’s relief and long-term recovery efforts.”

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton learned of her husband’s condition after she concluded a meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office.

An associate of Mrs. Clinton’s said she was still in Washington, but making plans to head to New York City late Thursday afternoon.

Get well soon.