First Lady's Office: Melania 'Deserves Personal Privacy' As She Recovers

First Lady's Office: Melania 'Deserves Personal Privacy' As She Recovers

Whitehouse Director of Communications for Melania Trump Stephanie Grisham said in a statement that Melania Trump, 48, underwent an embolization procedure to treat the kidney condition."The procedure was successful and there were no complications", Grisham said. Vice President Mike Pence, however, described the procedure as "long planned" during a speech Monday night in Washington. The president visited her in the evening.

She is at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland, just outside Washington.

She is the first United States first lady to undergo such a serious medical procedure while in the White House since Nancy Reagan had a mastectomy in October 1987.

Speaking to The L.A. Times, Dr. Mark S. Litwin, professor and chairman of urology at UCLA, explains that an embolization procedure cuts off the blood supply to a lesion, causing it to shrink and die off.

Two urologists who have no personal knowledge of Mrs. Trump's condition said the most likely explanation for the procedure is a kind of noncancerous kidney tumor called an angiomyolipoma. 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.


Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump tweeted about his wife's condition and thanked people for their support.

The former model from Slovenia is Trump's third wife, and the couple has been married for 13 years.

The surgery also comes at a time when the first lady has made a renewed push into the public spotlight with her unveiling last week of the "Be Best" initiative targeting bullying, drug use and suicide and how the issues affect children. Bush had been expected to accompany her husband, then-President George W. Bush, to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Australia, but she canceled her trip in order to have the procedure.

Donald Trump applauds after first lady Melania Trump spoke in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 7, 2018. Trump has acknowledged reimbursing his lawyer for the payment to porn star Stormy Daniels but denies her allegations.

The famous author tweeted shortly after the White House's announcement.

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