Health scare

Melania Trump hospitalized after undergoing successful kidney surgery

U.S. first lady Melania Trump arrives in the Rose Garden to speak at the White House May 7, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

First lady Melania Trump underwent kidney surgery on Monday morning to treat a benign condition, the White House said. Melania’s spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement that the first lady “underwent an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition. The procedure was successful, and there were no complications,” according to CNN. The operation took place at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington D.C. Grisham said the first lady is expected to make a full recovery, but will probably remain hospitalized there for the rest of the week. President Donald Trump said in a tweet late Monday afternoon that Melania is “in good spirits,” and on Tuesday morning, he provided an update on Twitter, saying Melania is “doing really well.”

According to CNN, Melania Trump’s surgery is the most serious medical procedure a first lady has undergone while in the White House since 1987 when Nancy Reagan underwent a mastectomy. Melania has been in the public eye quite a bit lately. She oversaw much of the state dinner the first family threw to welcome French President Emmanuelle Macron and first lady Brigitte Macron last month, and attended the funeral for former first lady Barbara Bush. Just last week she officially announced her platform as first lady, an initiative dubbed “Be Best,” which is aimed a improving the lives of children. She turned 48 last month. According to CNN, President Trump remained in the White House while Melania went into surgery. Monday evening, he visited her at Walter Reed. The White House did not disclose any further details about her condition, but the president reiterated that the operation was successful.

For more on the story, watch the video below. CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains some possible reasons for someone to undergo a procedure like the one given to the first lady on Monday.

Read the full story at CNN.

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