First Lady Returns to White House After Kidney Treatment

By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—Melania Trump returned to the White House on Saturday from a weeklong hospitalization after kidney treatment.

“The First Lady returned home to the White House this morning,” spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement emailed Saturday morning. “She is resting comfortably and remains in high spirits. Our office has received thousands of calls and emails wishing Mrs. Trump well, and we thank everyone who has taken the time to reach out.”

The First Lady had been at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington since Monday, when she underwent an embolization procedure to treat an unspecified kidney condition the White House described as benign. There was no indication in numerous public appearances in recent weeks that she had been ailing.

A week before undergoing the procedure, Trump presided over an announcement ceremony in the White House Rose Garden to introduce her “Be Best” campaign to promote programs helping children, focusing on promotion of positive values and problems with social media use, and opioid abuse.

Grisham said Monday that the procedure was “successful,” there were no complications and that the First Lady would probably remain hospitalized for “the duration of the week.”

The president then tweeted Tuesday that his wife would be released in “2 or 3” days. He had visited her during the first three days of her hospitalization.

The first lady, 48, said Wednesday on Twitter that she was “feeling great” and looking forward to going home. On Friday, she tweeted about the deadly school shooting at a Houston-area high school.

Urologists with no personal knowledge of Trump’s condition said the most likely explanation for the procedure is a kind of noncancerous kidney tumor called an angiomyolipoma. They’re 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.

Doctors often treat the condition by cutting off the blood supply so the growth shrinks, said Dr. Lambros Stamatakis of MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Doctors do that with an embolization, meaning a catheter is snaked into the blood vessels of the kidney to find the right one and block it.

Most of the time, these tumors are found when people undergo medical scans for another reason, but sometimes people have pain or other symptoms, Kowalczyk said.

Epoch Times reporter Petr Svab contributed to this report.

 

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