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Melania Trump Is Released From Hospital After Kidney Surgery

May. 19 2018, Updated 10:27 p.m. ET

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First Lady Melania Trump was released from the hospital today after having to undergo a kidney procedure that the White House kept secret until it was completed.

On Monday, May 14, doctors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center did a kidney embolization on Melania, 48. She was expected to stay in the hospital for a week, but was released on Saturday morning, May 19, her office revealed.

Her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said today, "The first lady returned home to the White House this morning. 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."

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Pressed by CNN about why Melania, the wife of President Donald Trump, 71, had to stay in the hospital for five nights after what was termed a "routine" kidney procedure, Grisham noted, "Every patient is different.

"The medical professionals who have been giving opinions to the media based on one statement are uninformed. Mrs. Trump has a medical team that is comfortable with her care, which is all that matters. Her recovery and privacy are paramount and I will have no further comment beyond this. Anyone else who chooses to speak with the media will only be speculating."

The President visited his wife multiple times following the procedure and on Friday assured reporters, "She's doing great. Doing great."

He had said on Tuesday she'd be coming home in "two or three" days, however, which didn't happen.

Melania gave thanks for her great medical care on Wednesday, writing, "A sincere thank you to Walter Reed Medical Unit @WRBethesda & to all who have send good wishes & prayers! I am feeling great & look forward to getting back home @WhiteHouse soon."

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May 19, the day Melania was released from the hospital, was also the day of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding. But Donald and his wife weren't invited. The Presidential couple sent a donation to charity as a wedding gift on Harry and Meghan's behalf.

FLOTUS attended former First Lady Barbara Bush's funeral in April, and gave no signs of having a health issue.

Melania is the first U.S. first lady to undergo such a serious medical procedure while in the White House since Nancy Reagan had a mastectomy in October 1987.

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