US First Lady Melania Trump is said to be in stable condition after undergoing surgery for what the White House has termed a ‘benign kidney condition’.
The First Lady’s office said surgeons had performed an embolisation procedure at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Though the surgery was said to be successful and without complications, Mrs Trump is expected to spend the rest of the week recovering at the medical centre, in Bethesda, Maryland.
President Donald Trump thanked well-wishers for their kind messages and tweeted that he was on his way to visit her.
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
Embolisation is most often used to block the blood supply to a tumour, benign or cancerous.
“The first lady looks forward to a full recovery so she can continue her work on behalf of children everywhere,” Mrs Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.
The surprise surgery comes a week after Mrs Trump, 48, unveiled a “Be Best” initiative aimed at teaching children the importance of social, emotional and physical health.
She said the campaign aimed to promote healthy living and to combat opioid abuse among youngsters.