Donald Trump returns to Walter Reed to visit first lady

Casey Dawson
May 16, 2018

The first lady's office announced Monday afternoon that she "underwent an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition".

US President Donald Trump visited his wife, Melania, in the hospital Tuesday as she continues to recover from a kidney procedure.

The president told reporters at the Capitol earlier Tuesday that his wife, Melania, is "doing really really well" but did not comment further on her condition.

Trump departed the White House on Marine One shortly after 4 p.m. and touched down at the military hospital in Bethesda, Md., roughly 10 minutes later.

"Melania is doing really well".

With the president watching, Mrs. Trump last week unveiled the "Be Best" campaign, which she said will focus on childhood well-being, social media use and opioid abuse.

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"And I want to thank the incredible doctors", Trump added.

The White House withheld additional information about the first lady's condition, citing her right to privacy. They have a 12-year-old son named Barron.

Prior to her hospitalization Monday, Trump appeared outwardly in good health this week. He also spent time with her at the hospital on Monday evening after she had been treated. "As her office has stated, the first lady remains in good spirits", Walters said in a statement.

They are not common but tend to occur in middle-aged women and can cause problematic bleeding if they become large enough, said Dr Keith Kowalczyk of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

In embolization, doctors insert a catheter as part of a procedure to purposely block a blood vessel and cut off the blood supply to the affected area.

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