Mystery Shrouds Melania Trump's Weeklong Hospital Stay
Is there more to the first lady's time in the hospital than what the White House is saying?
After Melania Trump was released from Walter Reed Medical Center, questions have been raised about what kept her there for so long.
The first lady had an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition last week. The usual hospital stay for such a procedure is about 2-3 days.
White House aides were seen near Mrs. Trump wearing "blue scrubs immediately after the procedure," which is "unnecessary for people interacting with a patient who had undergone [this procedure]," The New York Times reported.
Mrs. Trump's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, told Inside Edition that the medical professionals quoted in that article "had no involvement whatsoever with Mrs. Trump's medical care, so anything they said was pure speculation and not necessarily accurate."
Dr. Nancy Simpkins says that although the first lady's stay was longer than normal, the doctors were likely just erring on the side of caution.
There's a lot of reasons why she might stay longer, one of which being she is the first lady and we do keep an extra eye on her and two, maybe she's having a little extra pain, side effects, nausea, vomiting, fever, infection, bleeding, there's a whole myriad of symptoms she could be experiencing all of which is non-life threatening but requires prolonged hospitalization," she said.
CNN White House correspondent Kate Bennett also discussed Mrs. Trump’s hospital stay.
"I think it's upsetting and a little concerning for the American public to understand that the first lady of the United States is in the hospital for as long as she was," she said. "I think there's certainly a feeling not just in Washington but beyond the beltway that there might be something going on more serious with the first lady. All indications from my reporting from being in contact with her office is that is not the case."
The first lady's return home didn't come without a small snafu. President Trump welcomed her back to the White House Saturday with a tweet in which he misspelled his third wife’s name.
"Melanie is feeling and doing really well," he tweeted.
He quickly deleted the message and corrected the error in a follow-up tweet.
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