Melania hospitalised for benign kidney condition

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President Donald Trump said Tuesday that his wife, Melania, will come home from the hospital in a few days, after receiving medical treatment this week for a kidney condition the White House said is noncancerous.

The first lady's office has declined to offer further details about Melania Trump's kidney surgery and resulting extended hospital stay and asked for privacy. The 2.5-hour procedure was to alleviate pain from pinched nerves and took place at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., according to the Associated Press. "So thank you and she sends her love", the president told the crowd. While it was first used in the kidneys in the 1970s for renal cancer, urologists now use it for a wide range of ailments including hard-to-control bleeding, infections, end-stage kidney disease and benign tumors.

President Donald Trump and First lady Melania Trump embrace during Melania's "Be Best" initiative event in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, May 7, 2018, in Washington. Doctors do that with an embolization: A catheter is snaked into the blood vessels of the kidney and a substance is injected to block off the blood supply to the tumor.

The former model from Slovenia is Trump's third wife, and the couple has been married for 13 years. "We pray for her speedy and full recovery, and he look forward to her returning to her work making a difference in the lives of our nation's children". Bush had been expected to accompany her husband, then-President George W. Bush, to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Australia, but she canceled her trip in order to have the procedure.

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Pence said he spoke for "people everywhere when I say that Mrs. Trump is in our hearts".

The Trumps and their marriage have been under scrutiny in recent months after revelations that a porn actress was paid $130,000 to keep quiet about claims she had sex with Trump in 2006. Separately, a former Playboy model has revived her allegations of a 10-month affair with Trump in 2006.

"Heading over to Walter Reed Medical Center to see our great First Lady, Melania", the President tweeted on Monday.

The well-known writer tweeted shortly after the White Home's announcement.

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