Melania Trump undergoes 'successful' procedure on kidney ailment
Mon., May 14, 2018
WASHINGTONâ"First lady Melania Trump underwent a âsuccessfulâ procedure Monday to treat a benign kidney condition and was expected to remain hospitalized for the rest of the week, her staff said. U.S. President Donald Trump took a helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to visit her and tweeted that his wife was in âgood spirits.â
Mrs. Trump, 48, had the embolization procedure Monday morning. The president spoke with Mrs. Trump before the procedure and with her doctor afterward, the first ladyâs office said.
The president tweeted shortly before arriving at Walter Reed outside Washington, saying it was a âsuccessful procedure,â describing his wife as being âin good spiritsâ and offering his thanks âto all of the well-wishers!â
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The White House did not offer any additional details on Mrs. Trumpâs condition.
In opening remarks in the Senate, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., sent well wishes for âa speedy recovery to the first lady.â
She was last seen in public on Wednesday at a White House event where she joined the president to honour military mothers and spouses for Motherâs Day.
The president had no public appearances scheduled for Monday and declined to answer shouted questions from reporters about how his wife was feeling as he departed the White House for Walter Reed.
The former model from Slovenia is Trumpâs third wife, and the couple has been married for 13 years. They have a 12-year-old son named Barron.
Two urologists who have no personal knowledge of Mrs. Trumpâs condition said the most likely explanation for the procedure is a kind of noncancerous kidney tumour called an angiomyolipoma.
Theyâre not common but tend to occur in middle-aged women, and if they become large enough, they can cause problematic bleeding, said Dr. Keith Kowalczyk of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.
âThe treatment of choiceâ is to cut off the blood supply so the growth shrinks, added Dr. Lambros Stamatakis of MedStar Washington Hospital Ce nter. Doctors do that with an embolization, meaning a catheter is snaked into the blood vessels of the kidney to find the right one and block it.
Most of the time, these benign tumours are found when people undergo medical scans for another reason, but sometimes people have pain or other symptoms, Kowalczyk said. Many times, embolization patients go home the same day or the next.
Mrs. Trump, who has been gradually raising her profile as first lady, recently hosted her first state dinner and launched a public awareness campaign to help children.
With the president watching, Mrs. Trump last week unveiled the âBe Bestâ campaign, which she said will focus on childhood well-being, social media use and opioid abuse.
Mrs. Trump joined her husband last month to host the prime minister of Japan for a two-day summit at the Trumpsâ Florida estate, and the Trumps hosted the president of France at the White House on a three-day state visit, including a lavish state dinner. Mrs. Trump also represented the administration at the April funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush.
The Trumps and their marriage have been under scrutiny in recent months after revelations that a porn actress was paid $130,000 in hush money to keep quiet about claims she had sex with Trump in 2006. Trump has acknowledged reimbursing his lawyer for the payment to porn star Stormy Daniels but denies her allegations. Separately, a former Playboy model has revived her allegations of a 10-month affair with Trump in 2006. Trump also denies the allegations from Karen McDougal.
Mrs. Trump has, at times, has been noticeably absent from her husbandâs side. But both made a point of displaying affection during last weekâs Rose Garden event where the first lady announced her âBe Bestâ initiative.
The first lady lived full time in New York during the administrationâs opening months so Barron would not have to change schools midyear. She and Barron moved int o the White House last June.Read more about: TOP STORIES, DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX.NEW NEWSLETTERHEADLINESSIGN UPSource: Google News