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First lady Jill Biden has been sent to the Walter Reed military hospital for a procedure, after getting an object lodged in her foot last weekend on a beach during a series of official events in Hawaii.
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) July 25, 2021
“Last weekend, prior to her two official events in Hawaii, the first lady stepped on an object on the beach which became lodged in her left foot,” the White House said in a statement on Thursday. “She will undergo a procedure today at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to remove the object. The President will join her.”
The 70-year-old first lady passed through the islands on the way back to the US from the Tokyo Olympics.
While there, she met with military families and encouraged people to get vaccinated.
She didn’t appear to be limping at events at the Waipahu High School and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
She did, however, thank teachers for their efforts during the pandemic.
“As a teacher, I did my best to create a sense of community in my virtual class last year. But some things can’t be replaced,’ she said. ‘And that’s especially true for students who missed out on sports, and proms, and school plays.”
“When we lost these connections, our world felt a little darker – a little colder,” she added. “Now, doesn’t the time we spend with those we care about fill us with even more joy?”
The swing through Hawaii came after a diplomatic turn in Japan, where Ms Biden attended the Tokyo Olympics and dined with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his wife Mariko.