BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — U.S. First Lady Melania Trump paid a visit to Boston Medical Center Wednesday, highlighting the hospital's "Cuddling Assist Program."
The First Lady got a paparazzi welcome to the hospital from local media. Her visit was part of her Be Best Initiative.
Inside, she and Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar listened intently as doctors explained the program, which uses Boston University medical students to help hold and nurture babies going through withdrawal after being born to drug-addicted mothers.
Mrs. Trump praised Boston Medical Center, and said it's a program worth repeating.
"It is my hope that what we can discuss today will encourage others to replicate similar programs within their own communities, and that the media will use this opportunity to educate people who are struggling with addiction that there is help available," she said.
Meanwhile, outside the medical center, dozens of staff members held a silent "stand-in" in protest of President Donald Trump's immigration policies.
WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports