Melania Trump’s Kidney Surgery and 14 Other Times a First Lady Has Faced Health Problems

In 2018, the American public learned — rather abruptly — that first lady Melania Trump was recovering from kidney surgery. It’s rare for a politician to keep something like that a secret, but for the very private FLOTUS, it seems to be par for the course.

But Trump is far from the only first lady to have health problems during or after her stint in the White House. In fact, she’s not even the first to try and keep the details to herself.

The details on Trump’s kidney surgery

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Melania Trump kept her kidney condition under wraps. | Melania Trump via Instagram

Apparently, Melania Trump underwent an embolization procedure at Walter Reed. Sources say it was performed because of a benign kidney issue, and there were no complications. President Trump was not with her during her surgery, but visited her after. Considering the first lady is a very private person, it makes sense that she didn’t announce her plans to the public.

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