- REUTERS/Joe Skipper
- First lady Melania Trump underwent kidney surgery Monday morning, according to a statement from her office.
- The White House said she went through an embolization procedure for a “benign” condition.
- She will remain at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for the rest of the week.
First lady Melania Trump underwent kidney surgery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday morning, according to a statement from her office.
The surgery was an embolization procedure to treat a kidney condition the White House described as “benign.”
It was successful, and there were no complications, but the first lady will remain at the Maryland hospital for the rest of the week, said Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for the first lady.
President Donald Trump spent over an hour visiting the first lady Monday evening after he tweeted she was “in good spirits.”
On Tuesday morning, he said his wife of 13 years would leave the hospital by Thursday or Friday.
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
Our great First Lady is doing really well. Will be leaving hospital in 2 or 3 days. Thank you for so much love and support!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 15, 2018
The White House statement said: “The First Lady looks forward to a full recovery so she can continue her work on behalf of children everywhere.”
Melania Trump last week announced her latest initiative, “Be Best,” during a speech in the White House’s Rose Garden. The program is aimed at tackling American kids’ well-being and social-media use, as well as opioid abuse in families.
CNN reported that Trump was the first US first lady to have a serious medical procedure while in the White House since Nancy Reagan had a mastectomy in October 1987.