First lady Melania Trump underwent an embolization procedure Monday to treat a benign kidney condition, the White House announced.
Mrs. Trump was treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and will likely be in the hospital for the rest of the week, according to the first lady’s communications director.
“This morning, First Lady Melania Trump underwent an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition. The procedure was successful and there were no complications,” the communications director, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement Monday. “Mrs. Trump is at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and will likely remain there for the duration of the week. The First Lady looks forward to a full recovery so she can continue her work on behalf of children everywhere.”
Grisham told Fox News that the first lady “is doing well. Doing well.” She did not say whether the procedure was previously scheduled.
President Trump arrived at the hospital Monday afternoon to visit the first lady. Before departing the White House, Trump tweeted that his wife was in “good spirits.”
Heading over to Walter Reed Medical Center to see our great First Lady, Melania. Successful procedure, she is in good spirits. Thank you to all of the well-wishers!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 14, 2018
“Thank you to all of the well-wishers!” Trump added.
A White House official told Fox News that the president spoke with his wife before the procedure, and spoke with her doctor afterwards. Trump arrived at the hospital by helicopter and got into a waiting SUV. He waved to reporters, but declined to speak.
The White House made the announcement less than an hour after former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s family said the lawmaker underwent cancer surgery earlier Monday. Doctors removed a tumor from his pancreas and the prognosis for his recovery is “good,” according to his family.
Last week, the first lady, who’s 48, unveiled the “Be Best” campaign, which addresses the well-being of children, social media and opioid abuse.
“We can and should be best at educating our children about the importance of a healthy and balanced life,” the first lady said during a speech in the Rose Garden last week.
Last month, she took the lead in planning the first state dinner of the Trump administration, welcoming French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, to celebrate nearly 250 years of U.S.-French relations.
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