First lady Melania Trump underwent a medical procedure to “treat a benign kidney condition” Monday morning at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and is expected to remain hospitalized for the rest of the week, according to her communications director.
“The procedure was successful and there were no complications,” according to a statement from Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s communications director. “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.”
The statement vaguely described the procedure as “an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition” but offered no additional details about the first lady’s condition or treatment. Grisham declined to provide additional information or answer questions about the procedure, saying that the first lady is entitled to privacy.
In embolization, doctors insert a catheter as part of a procedure to purposely block a blood vessel and cut off the blood supply to the affected area. This can be done by sending a coil or a substance down the catheter.
The catheter is usually inserted in the femoral artery in the thigh and then threaded through the aorta to the renal artery and then to a smaller blood vessel.
This hospitalization comes as Trump, 48, has taken a higher-profile role in the White House in recent weeks. In late April, she hosted her first state dinner in honor of French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, and attended the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush in Houston.
Last week, Trump gave a speech in the Rose Garden to announce a new campaign that she’s calling “Be Best.” The first lady has been working to raise awareness of online bullying and encourage children to be kind to one another, along with highlighting programs that foster the well-being of children. The president sat in the front row as she spoke.
The president’s public schedule for Monday was light, with a 11 a.m. intelligence briefing and then lunch with Vice President Pence. As of Monday afternoon, the schedule did not include visiting the first lady.
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