President Trump is on his way to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to visit First Lady Melania Trump hours after she underwent a kidney surgery.
Heading over to Walter Reed Medical Center to see our great First Lady, Melania. Successful procedure, she is in good spirits. Thank you to all of the well-wishers!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 14, 2018
The first lady’s office announced the first lady had undergone the procedure Monday. President Trump was at the White House Monday when her surgery occurred.
Marine One landed at the White House Monday afternoon to prepare to take him to the hospital – avoiding a movement that otherwise might have snarled Washington D.C.’s traffic at rush hour.
Melania Trump underwent an embolization procedure, likely to remove a cyst from her kidney. Her office said it was benign, or non-cancerous.
President Trump also spoke to Melania just before her surgery began, and spoke to her doctor afterwards.
JUST IN: President Trump spoke with the First Lady before her surgery, and with her doctor after the surgery, and the president is expected to visit her today, a White House official tells @NBCNews – @kwelkernbc
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) May 14, 2018
The procedure should have the first lady in the hospital through the week. Under such a procedure, doctors block a flood vessel in order to stop blood flow to a specific area and stop a patient from bleeding.
‘This morning, First Lady Melania Trump underwent an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition,’ according to a statement from her communications director, Stephanie Grisham.
‘The procedure was successful and there were no complications. Mrs. Trump is at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and will likely remain there for the duration of the week,’ her communications director Stephanie Grisham said in the statement.
‘The First Lady looks forward to a full recovery so she can continue her work on behalf of children everywhere,’ she said, in reference to her recently launched campaign.