Ruth Bader Ginsburg expected to be released from hospital today
Nov 25 2019
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, last night after experiencing chills and fever earlier in the day. She was transferred to the Baltimore facility for evaluation and treatment of a possible infection.
Her symptoms have abated after intravenous antibiotics and fluids and she is expected to be released from the hospital as early as Sunday morning, according to the release.
Justice Ginsburg spoke to over 300 attendees about the Supreme Court's previous term. When she returned, "as has become custom, Justice [Clarence] Thomas held her hand to help her down the steps leaving the bench", Bloomberg reporter Greg Stohr reported from the court. Though many internet rumors swirled that Ginsburg had died through ailments over the a year ago, she showed up for a public interview and said, "there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body".
She announced August 23 that she had completed a three-week course of stereotactic ablative radiation therapy - a highly focused treatment that concentrates an intense dose of radiation on a tumor - after a malignancy was discovered on her pancreas. Since coming to office, President Donald Trump has made two appointments, Neil Gorsuch in 2017 and Brett Kavanaugh in 2018, deepening the conservative tilt.
In their statement, the court said Ginsburg had "tolerated treatment well".
Ginsburg spent the early part of her career as a professor at the Rutgers University law school in New Jersey and at Columbia University law school. "I will be prepared when the time comes", she said. Ginsburg then underwent surgery in December to remove two cancerous nodules from her left lung.
Ginsburg was nominated to the Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993, and she was the second woman ever appointed to the highest court in the land (Sandra Day O'Connor was the first).