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First Lady Melania Trump Had Kidney Surgery This Morning

First Lady Melania Trump Had Kidney Surgery This Morning

Trump's communications director, Stephanie Grisham, said the first lady had an embolization procedure, which starves the blood supply to the affected area.

Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt, urologist at Orlando Health in Florida, said, the most common condition he would use an embolization procedure for would be "something called angiomyolipoma, which is basically a benign growth of the kidney that has some fat in it and some cystic components".

A spokesperson for Melania Trump's office said in a statement that she is expected to remain in the hospital for the remainder of the week.

Jeffrey Leef, associate professor of radiology at the University of Chicago, told AFP that embolisation is most frequently used to isolate a tumor, cancerous or benign.

Mrs. Trump is likely to remain at Walter Reed for the rest of the week.

According to a CNN/SSRS poll published a week ago, 57 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the first lady - a big jump from January, when she enjoyed 47 percent support.

Trump had been experiencing an issue with her kidney that her office described as benign but requiring medical attention.

Trump's surgery is the most significant surgery for a US first lady since 1987 when Nancy Reagan had a mastectomy while her husband Ronald Reagan was in office.

Trump is working on an anti-bullying campaign to teach children to behave with more consideration and kindness on social media. Grisham said that soon he will visit his wife in hospital.

"The doctors at Walter Reed are expecting a full recovery". She and Barron moved into the White House last June and since then the first lady has been raising her public profile. The last time a First Lady underwent a medical procedure was when Laura Bush had a minor procedure that took place while President George W. Bush was on a diplomatic trip to Australia. According to his Twitter, "she is in good spirits" after undergoing her kidney surgery alone.

It's extremely rare for a first lady to go in for surgery out of the blue. Following the release of the now infamous "Access Hollywood" tapes and the over a dozen allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump, additional reports have cast even greater doubt on the status of the first couple.

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