First Lady Melania Trump had successful procedure for “benign kidney condition” at Walter Reed today, remains in hospital – White House statement.
Trump, who turned 48 last month, entered Walter Reed in nearby Bethesda, Maryland, on Monday morning and is expected to remain hospitalized for several days following the operation, according to the statement from her communications director, Stephanie Grisham.
President Donald Trump remained in the White House during Melania Trump’s surgery.
The First Lady had a kidney embolization procedure, which is done to stop blood flow to a portion of the kidney, says John Friedewald, M.D., medical director of kidney and pancreas transplantation at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
The surgery comes just a week after Melania unveiled her formal platform for her campaign, “Be Best.”
“She’s become a very, very popular first lady. I’m reading that … They love Melania,” the President said. A new CNN poll released May 7 had the first lady’s favorable rating up 10 points since January to 57 percent.
A White House official told that the president spoke with his wife before the procedure, and spoke with her doctor afterwards. Trump declined to speak with reporters when he arrived at the hospital.
President Trump announced on Twitter later on Monday afternoon that he was headed over to the hospital, and said Melania is “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”.
Melania isn’t the only First Lady to undergo a serious medical procedure.
Nancy Reagan had a mastectomy in 1987, Rosalynn Carter had surgery to remove a benign lump in her breast in 1977, and Betty Ford was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mastectomy in 1974.