First Lady Melania Trump Returns to WH After Hospital Stay for Kidney Condition

| MAY 19, 2018 | 8:40 PM
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First lady Melania Trump returned to the White House on Saturday in “high spirits” after a weeklong hospitalization for a kidney procedure, as President Donald Trump thanked supporters for the “prayers and best wishes.”

Despite concerns about the lengthy stay and speculation about additional complications with the procedure, the first lady's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, declined to share more details about her condition for Melania Trump's privacy and simply assured the public that she is making a full recovery.

“The First Lady returned home to the White House this morning,” Grisham said in a statement on Saturday. “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.”

After a surprise announcement that she would be undergoing a procedure for an unspecified kidney condition described as benign on Monday, Melania Trump spent the rest of the week at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Urologists speculated that the likely cause of her hospitalization was a noncancerous kidney tumor, a condition with a relatively simple treatment that often allows patients to return home within a day or two, according to The Associated Press.

The president made multiple trips to the hospital to visit his wife and injured service members receiving treatment.

Trump tweeted on Tuesday that she'd be released in “2 or 3 days,” so when the first lady remained in the hospital for longer than expected, some speculated that complications with the treatment had arisen, according to the AP.

But Grisham denied rumors of complications and assured everyone that the procedure was “successful.”

“Mrs. Trump has a medical team that is comfortable with her care, which is all that matters,” Grisham said Saturday. “Her recovery and privacy are paramount and I will have no further comment beyond this.”

Melania Trump said in a tweet Wednesday that she was “feeling great,” and the president welcomed her back on Saturday, thanking everyone for the support the White House received during her hospital stay.