First Lady Melania Trump underwent an embolization procedure for a benign kidney condition, the White House announced on Monday.
“The procedure was successful, and there were no complications,” the first lady’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement. “The first lady looks forward to a full recovery so she can continue her work on behalf of children everywhere.”
The first lady, 48, is currently at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She arrived at the hospital on Monday morning and is expected to remain there until the end of the week.
President Donald Trump is expected the visit the first lady at the hospital shortly, Girsham told CNN.
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
Embolization refers to either a pathological or therapeutic blocking of a blood vessel. The White House did not provide further details on the first lady’s condition or the procedure.
The first lady recently announced her official agenda, which will focus on helping children. Her campaign, dubbed “Be Best,” will help to combat issues facing children today and will include three main pillars centered on well-being, social media use, and opioid abuse.
“Together, I believe we should strive to provide kids with the tools they need to cultivate their social and emotional health,” Melania Trump said at the event. “Most importantly, I will continue to travel and speak to children directly to speak about issues they face.”
The first lady was also in charge of arranging the first state dinner at the White House for France’s President, Emmanuel Macron, and his spouse, Brigitte Macron.
The first lady has experienced a significant surge in support from both women and Democrats, according to a CNN/SSRS poll. Fifty-seven percent said they now have a favorable impression of the first lady.
“She’s become a very, very popular first lady. I’m reading that … They love Melania,” the president said.
Melania Trump also attended and was the first to speak at the Military Mothers and Spouses Ceremony at the White House on Friday.