Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Melania Trump taken to hospital for surgery

Melania Trump taken to hospital for surgery

"That's because she is the first lady", said Dr. Jeffrey Cadeddu, a professor of urology and radiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

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.

The White House said she is expected to remain at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for the rest of the week.

According to the a White House spokesperson, the procedure was successful without any complications.

Melania Trump is Trump's third wife. "She is in good spirits", the president also said, adding, "Thank you to all of the well-wishers!"

Melania's not the only first lady to undergo surgery, but a hospitalization this long hasn't occurred for a first lady since Nancy Reagan back in 1987.

"Heading over to Walter Reed Medical Center to see our great First Lady, Melania".

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.

She largely stayed away from the campaign trail during her husband's 2016 historic run for the White House and has only of late taken on a more public role. "[Doctors] put some substance into an artery that's feeding whatever this benign condition is that they're treating and then that cuts off the blood supply, cuts off the oxygen and whatever they're treating would presumably shrink and start to be less important than it was before".

The procedure "introduces a small catheter into the arterial system of the body" with the aim of obstructing the blood vessel, Leef said. "She will likely remain there for the duration of the week", her office said in a statement. Trump let everyone know via Twitter that it was a "Successful procedure, she is in good spirits".

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