Melania Trump Makes Christmas Visit to Children’s Hospital

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
December 13, 2018Politics

WASHINGTON—Melania Trump is keeping up the first ladies’ tradition of a Christmas season visit to a Washington children’s hospital.

Mrs. Trump toured part of the neonatal intensive care unit at Children’s National Health System on Thursday and met with families and children treated there.

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First lady Melania Trump, greets a shy boy who was released from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Children’s National Health System, on Dec. 13, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The two boys and one girl she met ranged in age from 16 months to 6 years old. All three were born premature, at 24 weeks. Each weighed about 1 pound (0.45 kilograms) at birth.

The first lady also planned to read a book to patients. The White House says she chose author Todd Zimmerman’s “Oliver the Ornament,” a story about a family’s cherished Christmas ornaments.

The tradition of a Christmastime visit to Children’s National dates back more than 60 years to first lady Bess Truman.

By Darlene Superville

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