Melania Trump to be hospitalised for the week

Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said the embolization procedure on the 48-year-old first lady was successful and there were no complications.

US First Lady Melania Trump was hospitalized on Monday after undergoing surgery to treat a benign kidney condition.

According to the a White House spokesperson, the procedure was successful without any complications. The first lady of the United States underwent kidney surgery on Monday, at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

"The president asked me to be here tonight because as you are all no doubt aware, earlier today, the first lady underwent a long-planned medical procedure and I'm pleased to report the procedure was a success and Melania is already on the mend", Pence said.

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.

She was last seen in public on Wednesday at a White House event where she and the president honoured military mothers and spouses for US Mother's Day.

Trump joked at lunch that support for the first lady was so high that he had her promise she wouldn't run against him, said a person familiar with the discussion but not authorized to discuss a private conversation. "Thank you to all of the well-wishers!" the president tweeted.

Normally, this is an outpatient procedure, but the first lady will be recovering the rest of the week in the hospital. As Health Point state, kidney embolisation is used to control bleeding from the kidney caused by trauma (injury), tumours and other conditions. She and the president have a son together, Barron, 12.

Mrs. Trump's procedure was reportedly done on a benign mass, meaning it was contained and non-cancerous, and is expected to make a full recovery. Many times, embolization patients go home the same day or the next. "However, she will need to stay at the hospital for approximately one week".

Melania Trump last week announced her latest initiative, "Be Best", during a speech in the White House's Rose Garden.

She also represented the current presidency at the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush where a number of former presidents were also present.

The first lady lived full time in NY during the administration's opening months so Barron would not have to change schools midyear.

  • Rogelio Becker