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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized for 'Non-surgical Treatment at 87

Junie Sihlangu
May 06, 2020
05:00 A.M.
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On Tuesday afternoon, May 5, 2020, the US Supreme Court announced that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had been hospitalized. She had to undergo non-surgical treatment, according to the website.

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Ginsburg, 87, had to have treatment for “acute cholecystitis, a benign gallbladder condition,” according to the US Supreme Court website. She had the treatment at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

The justice also had to go for “outpatient tests at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C.” on Monday. At the hospital, they discovered that she was suffering from a gallstone.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at An Historic Evening in her honor on September 21, 2016, in New York City | Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images

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GINSBURG’S CURRENT ILLNESS

According to the site, the gallstone “had migrated to her cystic duct, blocking it and causing an infection.” Ginsburg was said to be resting at the hospital.

Our prayers are with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

She would continue her duties on Wednesday remotely via teleconference from Johns Hopkins. Her stay is expected to last for about a day or two.

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MCENANY SHOWS SUPPORT

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted a message of support for the justice. She wrote, "Our prayers are with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” adding:

“We wish her a speedy recovery as we send our love and well wishes!"

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THE JUSTICE STILL EXERCISES

According to “ABC News,” the justice has been continuing her workouts during the novel coronavirus pandemic. She does her exercise at a special fitness space which was set aside for her inside the courthouse.

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TREATMENT FOR LUNG CANCER

In late 2018, she underwent surgery for lung cancer. Last summer, the justice was treated for a cancerous tumor on her pancreas.

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GIVING AN UPDATE ON HER HEALTH

During an address at the 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., the justice gave an update on her health. Speaking to a crowd gathered there she said:

“As this audience can see I am alive. And I’m on my way to being very well.”

GINSBURG IS CANCER-FREE

In January 2020, Bader Ginsburg revealed that she was "cancer-free." Her most recent hospitalization was in November 2019 when she was treated for a possible infection.

Ginsburg has vowed to stay on in the Supreme Court as long as her health permits it.

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