Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized: US Supreme Court

May 5, 2020 Updated: May 6, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court said late Tuesday that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, with an infection caused by a gallstone.

Ginsburg, 87, is recovering after non-surgical treatment for acute cholecystitis, a benign gallbladder condition. She initially sought medical attention on Monday when the gallstone was first diagnosed.

Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said in a statement that Ginsburg is “resting comfortably.”

The justice is planning to participate in the court’s oral arguments on Wednesday remotely from the hospital. She had already participated remotely in the oral arguments on Monday and Tuesday.

Ginsburg, who has had a series of health scares, has been treated four times for cancer, most recently in August 2019, when she underwent radiation therapy for pancreatic cancer.

In December 2018, Ginsburg had two cancerous growths removed from her left lung. The justice was previously treated for pancreatic cancer in 2009 and colon cancer in 1999.

Her most recent hospital stay was in November 2019 when she spent two nights at Johns Hopkins Hospital after suffering from chills and a fever.

She has been doing her usual workout with a personal trainer at the court, even as the justices have cancelled courtroom arguments in favor of telephone sessions because of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic, reported The Associated Press.

Ginsburg became a justice when she was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the Supreme Court in 1993. Ginsburg has said she would like to serve until she’s 90, if her health allows.

Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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