First Lady Melania Trump underwent a “successful” medical or embolization procedure on Monday morning to treat what the White House called a “benign kidney condition”.

First Lady Melania Trump and her husband President Trump launching her ‘Be Best’ programs a few days before her procedure. Credit: AP

According to her staff, she is recovering without trouble at Walter Reed military hospital and is expected to remain there for the rest of the week.

“The procedure was successful and there were no complications,” read a statement from the White House.

“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.”

President Trump was not at Walter Reed military hospital for surgery to avoid tipping the hostile media off. Credit: Getty Images

President Trump avoided going to the hospital to be by his wife’s side for the procedure because doing so would have tipped off the hostile media who always follow him everywhere. It was later that afternoon after the procedure that he was flown by Marine One to visit the First Lady at Walter Reed.

As he was leaving, Trump tweeted, “Heading over to Walter Reed Medical Center to see our great First Lady, Melania,” whom he said was “in good spirits” after a “successful procedure.”

“Thank you to all of the well-wishers!”

Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre

According to reports, the President was at the hospital for an hour before returning to the White House.

For a White House known for its leaks, this news was kept guarded until after the successful procedure had been completed and successful. Hence when the official statement was released, the news came as a shock that took everyone by surprise, particularly the mainstream media that always touts that it has informants within the White House the Administration.

The reserved First Lady who turned 48 last month was last seen in public last Wednesday in an event to honour military spouses at the mothers for Mothers’ Day before she had the embolization procedure on Monday morning EST.  The White House did not offer any additional details on the First Lady’s condition.

President Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan at Bethesda Naval Hospital after her surgery in October 1987. Credit: AP

Melania Trump is the first U.S. First lady to undergo such a serious medical procedure while in the White House since President Reagan’s wife, Nancy Reagan, had a mastectomy in October 1987.

In April 1977, President Jimmy Carter’s wife, Rosalyn Carter, also underwent surgery to remove a benign lump from her breast.  Weeks after she became the First Lady in 1974, President Ford’s wife, Betty Ford was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy in September of that year.

President Ford and Mrs Ford at Bethesda Naval Hospital after her breast cancer surgery in 1974. Credit: Getty Images

Preside Trump also visited First Lady Melania again on Tuesday and later tweeted that she was “doing really well.”

Speaking to officers at an annual Memoria Service honouring Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) who died in the Line of Duty, President Trump publicly thanked the First Lady’s medical team at the beginning of his address on Tuesday morning.

“Melania is in the hospital doing really well. She’s watching us right now and I want to thank the incredible doctors,” said Trump.  “They did a fantastic job. So, thank you. She sends her love,” he added.



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