On Monday, first lady Melania Trump visited the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center while her husband, President Donald Trump delivered a speech at Sheffer Corp.
Arriving with the president at Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport, the first lady then went on her own to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. According to Cincinnati.com, her two-hour visit included a presentation on neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), which often affects babies born dependent on or addicted to opioids or heroin.
With the visit to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the first lady was combining two of the areas she’s expressed interest in: improving children’s lives and combating the opioid crisis. After she walked the concourse, she visited with children in the playroom, where she said to a group of boys playing the board game Sorry, “Show me how to do this.
CNN reported that at one point, a little girl approached the first lady with outstretched arms, a common sign that a child wants to be picked up.
So, the first lady, a mother herself, obliged the young girl’s request and held her for a bit.
Second-grader Cole Baughman, who has been a patient since birth, told the first lady that his parents, Nathan and Megan, and sister had plans to visit Washington, D.C. Nathan later told Cincinnati.com that Trump told Cole, “Make sure you come visit me when you come to D.C.”
“She was really interested in the kids,” Nathan said. “She was pleasant with Megan and I, but she got down at the kids’ level and was really talking to both of them.”
In the past year, especially since she moved from New York to Washington, the first lady has visited pediatric hospitals in New York, Paris, Rome and Washington, D.C.
According to Cincinnati.com, before she left the hospital, Trump gave every child a Valentine’s Day card with her signature and a drawing of the White House on it.