CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – Former President Bill Clinton was recovering at his suburban home Friday after leaving a Manhattan hospital where he underwent a heart procedure.
Three black SUVs with tinted windows arrived around 7:45 a.m. Friday and pulled through the high gates at the house. The Westchester County hamlet of Chappaqua is about 35 miles north of New York City.
Clinton adviser Douglas Band said in a statement that Clinton left New York Presbyterian Hospital “in excellent health.”
“He looks forward in the days ahead to getting back to the work of his Foundation, and to Haiti relief and recovery efforts,” it said.
Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman and a close friend of the Clintons, told CBS’ “The Early Show” that he expects Clinton will get back to work quickly.
“If I know President Clinton, he’ll be on the phone … calling people asking for more help for Haiti and where he can get pickup trucks so they can deliver food or generators. If I know Bill Clinton, he’ll be raring to go in about 35 minutes,” McAuliffe said.
From the NY Times:
Former President Bill Clinton was taken to a New York hospital on Thursday with chest pains, a White House official said.
Mr. Clinton has had a history of heart trouble but it was uncertain how serious his condition was as doctors evaluated him.
Douglas Band, counselor to Mr. Clinton, issued this statement: “Today President Bill Clinton was admitted to the Columbia Campus of New York Presbyterian Hospital after feeling discomfort in his chest. Following a visit to his cardiologist, he underwent a procedure to place two stents in one of his coronary arteries. 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. In 2004, President Clinton underwent a successful quadruple bypass operation to free four blocked arteries.”
[4:50 p.m. – 2/11/2010] – BREAKING: Bill Clinton Hospitalized In NYC, Complained Of Chest Pains
Former President Bill Clinton has been hospitalized in New York City, NBC News has confirmed.
Early reports indicated that the former president experienced chest pains and has received a stent. A stent is small mesh tube that is used to treat narrowed or weakened arteries.