Melania Trump has been experiencing an issue with her kidney that the White House described as benign, but requiring medical attention. On Monday, the First Lady underwent kidney surgery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington, D.C. She is expected to remain there for the duration of the week.
Per the White House:
“This morning, First Lady Melania Trump underwent an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition. 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.”
This marks the first time a first lady has had such a serious medical procedure while in the White House since Nancy Reagan had a mastectomy in October 1987. Rosalynn Carter underwent surgery to remove a benign lump from her breast in April 1977. Betty Ford was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy just weeks after becoming First Lady back in 1974.
During this time, President Donald Trump remains in the White House waiting for his wife’s results.
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