21 May MELANIA TRUMP: THE HEALTH OF AN ENIGMATIC FIRST LADY
Melania Trump is the 49 year old wife of the country’s 45th president, Donald J. Trump
Her striking appearance seems to preclude any significant medical problems. Moreover, her penchant for privacy further beclouds any significant history of illness or physical disability.
It was a sudden surprise when Mrs. Trump was hospitalized in May 2018 at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda Maryland. No public information or even press speculation preceded the White House announcement of the hospitalization. The only information regarding her week’s stay at Walter Reed was that she had undergone an embolization procedure of one kidney. No further information regarding her symptoms, the nature of the operative procedure, and a diagnosis was revealed, based on the reason that First Lady Melania Trump is a private citizen and is entitled to medical privacy. This author disagrees with his policy.
Embolization (in this case) is the insertion of a physical blocking agent into a small renal (kidney) artery that supplies oxygenated blood to a portion of the kidney where there resides either a tumor or some other lesion that must be eliminated. The consequent deprivation of oxygen to this tumor etc. will cause it to die and disappear. Surgical removal would then be unnecessary. Medical experts speculated that the lesion (tumor) most likely was a benign angiomyolipoma. This is a rare tumor comprised of blood vessels, smooth muscle, and adipose (fat) tissue. Its cause is unknown.
Mrs. Trump is well one year later. Silence remains over this event, and silence undoubtedly will continue.