Trump vis­its re­cov­er­ing first lady at hospi­tal


WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump vis­ited his wife, Me­la­nia, in the hospi­tal Tues­day as she con­tin­ues to re­cover from a kid­ney pro­ce­dure.

Trump said ear­lier Tues­day that the first lady is “do­ing re­ally well” and that he ex­pected her back at the White House be­fore the end of the week. He ar­rived by he­li­copter at Wal­ter Reed Na­tional Mil­i­tary Med­i­cal Cen­ter out­side Wash­ing­ton on Tues­day af­ter­noon and stayed for about 90 min­utes be­fore re­turn­ing to the White House. He also vis­ited Mon­day af­ter doc­tors per­formed

the “em­boliza­tion” pro­ce­dure.

“Me­la­nia is do­ing re­ally well. She’s watch­ing us right now,” Trump said Tues­day as he spoke near the Capi­tol at an an­nual trib­ute to law en­force­ment of­fi­cers killed in the line of duty.

“And I want to thank the in­cred­i­ble doc­tors,” Trump added. “They did a fan­tas­tic job.”

At the Capi­tol later, where he joined Re­pub­li­can sen­a­tors at their weekly lunch, Trump re­it­er­ated that his wife is “re­ally do­ing well.”

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 pri- vate con­ver­sa­tion. Trump also joked that his 48-year-old wife should be the one vis­it­ing him in the hospi­tal and not the other way around, a sen­a­tor said. The pres­i­dent turns 72 next month.

Trump tweeted Tues­day that his wife “will be leav­ing hospi­tal in 2 or 3 days.” Her spokes­woman had said in a state­ment Mon­day that the first lady was likely to re­main hos­pi­tal­ized for “the du­ra­tion of the week.”

The White House said the pro­ce­dure was “suc­cess­ful” but with­held de­tails of the first lady’s con­di­tion, cit­ing her pri­vacy.

Two urol­o­gists who have no per­sonal knowl­edge of Mrs. Trump’s con­di­tion said the most likely ex­pla­na­tion for the em­boliza­tion pro­ce­dure is a type 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. Mrs. Trump is 48.

The “treat­ment of choice” is to cut off the blood sup­ply to shrink the growth, said Dr. Lam­bros Sta­matakis of MedS­tar Wash­ing­ton Hospi­tal Cen­ter. Doc­tors do that with an em­boliza­tion — snaking a catheter into the blood ves­sels of the kid­ney to find the right one and block it.

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