Pence says Mrs. Trump's procedure 'long-planned'

Pauline Gross
May 15, 2018

The White House did not explain what led Mrs. Trump to seek treatment or whether the "benign kidney condition" meant she had a benign tumor or something else.

"This morning, First Lady Melania Trump underwent an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition", the statement said. "The procedure was successful and there were no complications", the first lady's communications director said in a statement Monday. Two doctors who specialize in kidney health speculated that the procedure may have been to treat angiomyolipoma, a benign kidney tumor, detailed the Sacramento Bee. Successful procedure, she is in good spirits.

"When I think of anyone - especially a female - in their 40s or 50s having an embolization, that's the first thing that comes to mind", says Dr. Keith Kowalczyk, a urologist at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

President Trump is expected to visit his wife in the hospital on Monday, Grisham told CNN's Kate Bennett.

Although not many people knew about the procedure taking place, Pence said that it was "long-planned", so it was not due to an emergency.

The president spent a little over an hour at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center with his wife Monday evening before departing via motorcade under threat of bad weather.

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"There are certain benign tumors that may be treated this way", he continued. "Thank you to all of the well-wishers!" he wrote in a tweet.

Trump is the first presidential spouse to undergo a medical procedure of such gravity while in the White House since Nancy Reagan, who had a mastectomy in October 1987.

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.

Last week, the first lady launched her "Be Best" initiative to help children be their best selves.

The first lady is at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., outside Washington, D.C.

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