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USA first lady undergoes surgery for 'benign' kidney condition

USA first lady undergoes surgery for 'benign' kidney condition

First lady Melania Trump underwent an embolization procedure to treat a kidney condition her office described as benign but required medical attention.

Although not many people knew about the procedure taking place, Pence said that it was "long-planned", so it was not due to an emergency.

Dr. Joseph A. Vassalotti, the chief medical officer at the National Kidney Foundation, said his guess was that Mrs. Trump had either a benign tumor known as an angiomyolipoma or a bleeding cyst.

Another doctor, however, said Mrs. Trump was probably being kept in the hospital longer because of her position.

A spokeswoman for the 48-year-old first lady says the procedure Monday morning was successful and was performed without complications.

Trump recently launched her "Be Best" initiative for children's development though her speech related to it was accused of plagiarising one given by former first lady Michelle Obama.

The president had no public appearances scheduled for Monday and declined to answer shouted questions from reporters about how his wife was feeling as he departed the White House for Walter Reed.

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Trump was initially hesitant to shift base from NY to Washington DC since it would mean midyear changing of school of Barron, her son with US President Donald Trump.

Rosalynn Carter, wife of former president Jimmy Carter, underwent surgery to remove a benign lump from her breast in April 1977.

Grisham told Fox News that the first lady "is doing well. Thank you to all of the well-wishers!" he tweeted. He got out of the helicopter and climbed into an SUV, waving to reporters but declining to speak. Meanwhile, the White House has not released further details about the exact condition Melania was treated for.

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

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Trump is working on an anti-bullying campaign to teach children to behave with more consideration and kindness on social media.