CNBC reported Wednesday evening that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had been discharged from John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore after being admitted earlier this week due to what her office described as a “possible infection.”
The network cited a spokesperson for the justice who said Ginsburg now “is home and doing well.”
According to CNBC, an earlier statement from the Supreme Court explained that Ginsburg “underwent an endoscopic procedure at Johns Hopkins [in Baltimore] this afternoon to clean out a bile duct stent that was placed last August.”
Supreme Court spokesperson Kathleen Arberg said Ginsburg was “resting comfortably” after undergoing “intravenous antibiotic treatment,” CNBC reported.
The hospitalization came after a series of recent health scares for the 87-year-old Ginsburg, who is the eldest justice currently sitting on the Supreme Court bench. According to Fox News, Ginsburg “underwent non-surgical treatment for acute cholecystitis” at Johns Hopkins Hospital in May. Fox described the ailment as “a benign gallbladder condition.”
The November prior, she was again admitted to Johns Hopkins for what Fox described at the time as “chills and a fever.”
Ginsburg has also survived multiple bouts with cancer; according to The New York Times, she was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1999, and in August 2019, she underwent radiation therapy for pancreatic cancer, according to a report from the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
The justice also had two cancerous nodules removed from her lungs in late 2018, as NPR reported at the time. The nodules were discovered after a fall that left Ginsburg with three broken ribs, according to Fox.
Despite being praised by many on the left for her liberal voting record, Ginsburg has also come under criticism in recent years for her decision not to step down during President Barack Obama’s time in office, when he could have appointed her successor. President Donald Trump, for his part, has promised to appoint strict constructionist judges whenever given the chance, as Vox notes, and many have speculated that he is likely to select Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ginsburg if the opening arises, according to Fox.
But that doesn’t mean Trump is wishing ill on the 87-year-old jurist.
Upon hearing of Ginsburg’s latest stint in the hospital, the president reacted with concern and said he hopes she gets better soon.
“She was just hospitalized? No, that’s too bad… She’s actually given me some good rulings,” he told reporters in the Rose Garden Tuesday, according to a transcript provided by the White House. “I wish her the absolute best.”